Is religious belief & behaviour an evolutionary adaptation? Or is it an incidental by-product of the development of certain cognitive functions of the brain that possibly had non-religious evolutionary purposes. This paper looks at existing research in the field of Evolutionary Psychology and Neuroscience to answer this question.
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.