Bhagat Singh, Indian revolutionary, writing in his article “Why I am an Atheist”, while in jail awaiting execution.
Speaking of unpatronizing atheists, here’s an Indian who clearly knew what he was doing. We all know about Bhagat Singh the revolutionary with his image of a well groomed gentleman with a hat, but few know of Bhagat Singh the rationalist.
Many people are guided to struggle driven by delusion or a sense of righteousness as professed by their religion. But Bhagat Singh seemed to have had a clear motive, that was outright selfless. Few could have had the kind of conviction for a cause as him. He knew the only thing to be gained by his sacrifice was freedom for his country, and that there would be nothing consolatory beyond that for him after he died. Sadly, with the state of things today, this probably was never the India that Bhagat Singh could have ever dreamed of. While he was fighting for freedom, people now find more significance in the freedom to fight.