Indians see Pakistan as a threat, but still want peace, report finds

21 May 2013

Hopes for peace and co-operation between India and Pakistan have received a boost with a new opinion poll suggesting public opinion in India favours rapprochement.

While Pakistan ranked lowest in the list of countries Indians like, 89 per cent of those polled believed citizens in both countries want peace, according to India Poll 2013, commissioned by the Australia India Institute and the Lowy Institute.

The associated interpretative report, India, Indians, and the World: Public Opinion and Foreign Policy, released to media today, analyses the data in depth.

Co-authors of the report, Professor Amitabh Mattoo, from the University of Melbourne, and Rory Medcalf of the Lowy Institute for International Policy In Sydney said “The findings suggest that if Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were to have a summit meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and take the lead on a dialogue with Pakistan, he would have popular support.”

“India Poll 2013 indicates that even in the last year of the present government, peace with the new government in Pakistan is an opportunity worth pursuing.”

THE REPORT INDIA, INDIANS AND THE WORLD: PUBLIC OPINION AND FOREIGN POLICY IS AVAILABLE HERE

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