We can see straight away that both sentences B and C talk about India and its relations with its neighbors. Sentence B talks about India’s military focus on Pakistan over China “inspiring little confidence in its judgment, resolve, and prospects as a consequential power in the extended region”. Sentence C talks of India’s ambition to emerge as the other major power in Asia being undermined by its “diffidence and skewed capabilities”. Again, the link between sentences A and D is obvious. Sentence A talks about India’s self-sufficiency in strategic armaments and sentence D about India’s dependence on other countries for conventional weaponry. It is also clear that D follows A, as it starts by observing the paradoxical nature of the situation. So which sentence among these 2 groups has a common link with the other? We see that sentence B refers to India’s military focus. Both sentences A and D talk of India’s military capabilities. However, a logical connection between these fails to emerge. If sentence B were to precede A and D, then the paragraph would start by saying that India’s military focus on Pakistan ignoring China shows poor judgment. But the sentence group A and D do not add to this: they talk instead of India’s capabilities, and do not substantiate the focus of sentence B, i.e. how the military stance is affecting India’s image in the world stage. What if B were to follow AD? Sentence D ends with a note on how India’s dependence on imports for conventional weaponry leaves “its foreign policy hostage to the whims and interests of vendor states”. There is nothing in sentence B to substantiate or add to this. In fact, sentence B goes on to talk of a totally different idea. So it does not make a good option to follow D. Now, sentence C talks of India’s strategic ambitions being undermined by its “diffidence and skewed capabilities”. The word “skewed” provides a key link between this sentence and the sentence group AD. Clearly, sentences A and D talk about India’s asymmetrical capabilities in areas of strategic armaments and conventional weaponry. CAD makes a logical paragraph. So B is the sentence to be eliminated. Correct Answer: Choice (b)
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