Religion vs. Secularism: Unraveling False Dichotomies Using a Gendered Perspective

The religion vs. secularism debate over social justice and equality in India creates divisive identities and strategically obscures the overarching problem of patriarchy that privileges Brahmin men over all others. By critically examining reforms to Religious Personal Laws in India, and the mechanisms that enable it, this paper aims to understand the nexus between patriarchy, religion and the state.