Arguments for and Against the Practice of Arranged Marriage

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Arguments for and against the practice of Arranged Marriage

According to Encyclopædia Britannica (2009), for Indians, most marriages are arranged by family elderly based on caste, degree of cognation, financial status, education (if any), and astrology. In the article entitled “Marriage: Is love necessary?” in Little India on 2nd June 2007, Sudhir Kakar upholds the practice of arranged marriages among Indians. The article focuses on how the establishment of an arranged marriage is tantamount to the vision of love. Kakar (2007) started off by describing dream of love and how Indians are the same as the rest of human beings in the pursuit of love. He stated that arranged marriages are a norm and rarely seen as infliction by young Indians.
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Another fallacy discerned from the article is when the writer asserted that the dream of love exists in an arranged marriage within time and it is less romantic, after implying in the previous paragraph that the dream of love is constantly impeded by family obligations towards the elderly. This is called forming a False Analogy as established by Leki (1998), defining it as when two scenarios that are being compared are dissimilar in the relevant respects and thus the analogy is weak. Apart from the two fallacies, the writer did a fairly well in persuading the readers that true love does exist in arranged marriages, by giving ample analogies and comparing Bollywood movies to real life scenarios.

In the second chosen article, Nagaswami (2008) stated that after truth is revealed, the previously non-disclosing partner will further fabricate facts and reasons to solve the issue at hand and that will cause the crisis to be severe and concluded that the marriage is likely to fail. It is clear that the fallacy Slippery Slope has been done here. Slippery Slope is defined as when the arguer claims that a type of chain reaction, usually ending in some ominous effect, will occur but no evidence is provided for the assumption (Halpern, 1998). Another fallacy called False Conclusion is committed when the writer, after offering a solution to the non-disclosure crisis, he suggested singlehood to
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