Topic: Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
3. What does this quote mean to you in the present context? “Religion is as necessary to reason as reason is to religion. The one cannot exist without the other” (10M).
Difficulty level: Easy
Why the question:
Rising irrationality in society in recent times.
Structure of the answer:
Define religion in a brief manner.
Try to deconstruct the statement in a simple manner. This could be done through examples. Ex: Emphasis on Neem in Indian customs is based on scientific principle, on the other side we have certain regressive practices such as female genital mutilation, etc.
Identify what makes people neglect rationalism while practicing religion
Explore if religion and reason could be reconciled in the present times.
Suggest a way forward to reconcile them adequately.