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 the railways in India be privatized in a phased manner like other public sector enterprises? Arguments:
  1. Yes. This is the only way to bring in competitiveness and provide better services to the public.
  2. No. This will pose a threat to the national security of our country as multinationals will enter into the fray.

A Neither I nor II is strong

B Only argument I is strong

C Both I and II are strong

D Only argument II is strong

E Either I or II is strong

ANS:D - Neither I nor II is strong

Explanation: Privatization would no doubt lead to better services. But saying that this is the 'only way' is wrong. So, argument I does not hold. Argument II also seems to be vague.



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