Famous Atheists in Indian history

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  1. Das ka das

    Das ka das Tihar Jail Banned

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    Hello all,

    I am a big fan of the New Atheism movement with Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and the late Christopher Hitchens being the movement's iconic figures. In an Indian context I would like us to compile a list of famous persons of Indian history who could be classified as non-believers.

    A few figures I can think of include:

    Buddha
    Charvaka
    Kapila
    Makkhali Goshala
    Veer Savarkar

    Input from all members is encouraged

    @Singh @civfanatic @LurkerBaba @atheisthindu
     
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    PredictablyMalicious Punjabi Senior Member

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    How about Bhagat Singh?
     
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    civfanatic Retired Moderator

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    Ajita Kesakambali
    Bhagat Singh
    Periyar
    Jawaharlal Nehru
    D.D. Kosambi
    Kamal Haasan :D
     
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    Razor CIDs from Tamilnadu Senior Member

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    Was Kesakambali affiliated in anyway with Charvaka?
     
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    civfanatic Retired Moderator

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    He's not mentioned as a Charvak in any of the sources that mention him. He's usually considered as a sort of "proto-Charvak".
     
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    The founder of RSS Hedgewar and Nathuram Godse both were atheists.
     
  9. LordOfTheUnderworlds

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    all these people were atheists or agnostics? as per wikipedia, the indian word 'naastik' may not always mean atheist in strict sense. it can mean someone who does not believe in god, or it may mean a religion/sect who does not accept authority of vedas.
     
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    I heard one time that hinduism had their own schools of atheistic thinking. Is it true??

    If true who are the Indian atheists, skepticals, or unbelievers of Antiquity, before Europeans introduces the modern atheism in India???
     
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    Razor CIDs from Tamilnadu Senior Member

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    Hinduism is more of a "way of life" than a religion.
    Yes, there are schools of thought in Hinduism, which are atheistic in nature.

    Some links:
    Atheism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Atheism in Hinduism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Cārvāka - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Mimāṃsā - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Samkhya - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Irreligion in India - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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    Karunanidhi is an Athiest too I think.
     
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    AFAIK, Buddha was silent on the existence of God. He cannot be called an atheist.
     
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    Do Salman Rushdie is an atheist???

    He is one of few Indian criticists of religion that I know, coz I read the Satanic Verses.
     
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    Buddha was agnostic according to me.

    When a disciple asked Buddha about God , Buddha chose to keep silent...

    That answers it all..
     
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    Periyar for one ,all the Jain Tirthankaras are another
     
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    Ajitha Keshakambalin ,Then again there are the Ajeevikas
     
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    Hinduism is definitely a religion, albeit a very diverse and decentralized one and one that doesn't have any strict definition. It is used as a catch-all phrase for the various orthodox sects/cults which exist in India. Some scholars prefer the term "Hindu religions", in the plural, rather than "Hinduism". Historically speaking, the latter view would be more accurate than viewing "Hinduism" as a single religion.

    Mimamsa and Samkhya schools regard the Vedas as supernatural/divine in themselves. I am not sure if they can truly be called "atheistic".

    Charvaka was definitely atheistic as well as materialistic, but its tenets have very little to do with "mainstream" Hindu philosophy. Well, it's more or less extinct anyway.
     
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    NT Rama Rao was quite Athiest so was Bal Thackeray
     
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    Kamal Haasan is also an atheist.
     
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    ADD me to the list :drunk:
     

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