Statement and Argument

Directions to SolveEach question given below consists of a statement, followed by two arguments numbered I and II. You have to decide which of the arguments is a 'strong' argument and which is a 'weak' argument.Give answer:
  • (A) If only argument I is strong
  • (B) If only argument II is strong
  • (C) If either I or II is strong
  • (D) If neither I nor II is strong and
  • (E) If both I and II are strong.

Q1: Statement: Should Indian scientists working abroad be called back to India? Arguments:
  1. Yes. They must serve the motherland first and forget about discoveries, honours, facilities and all.
  2. No. We have enough talent; let them stay where they want.

A Only argument I is strong

B Neither I nor II is strong

C Only argument II is strong

D Both I and II are strong

E Either I or II is strong

ANS:D - Neither I nor II is strong

Explanation: Clearly, every person must be free to work wherever he wants and no compulsion should be made to confine one to one's own country. So, argument I is vague. However, talented scientists can be of great benefit to the nation and some alternatives as special incentives or better prospects may be made available to them to retain them within their motherland. So, argument II also does not hold.



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