The story of India’s partition: 75 years later, where do neighboring nations stand?

Do the citizens of these “new” countries like and trust each other? What do they think of the political, social and economic development of their country and that of neighboring countries? What do they think of the future?

The answers to these questions become even more important and relevant as the world and South Asia struggle to cope with a series of unprecedented crises, including the Covid pandemic at the start of 2020. Pakistan’s economy is in ruin. Bangladesh’s export juggernaut is slowing, posing huge challenges for a thriving economy.

India seems to have withstood the economic hurricane, but remains vulnerable. Are the policies and actions of individual nations over the past 75 years responsible for the situation in which these countries find themselves? In an ambitious exercise, the CVoter Foundation collaborated with the Center for Policy Research (CPR) to conduct a massive survey in three countries.

Citizens of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh responded to a series of uniform questions asking for their opinion on important key issues. The responses are a veritable treasure trove of valuable data that will be of immense use to media commentators and analysts, researchers and policy makers in all three countries. The first version of the conclusions was published during the CPR Dialogues event on September 30, 2022.

Responses across India, Pakistan and Bangladesh reveal the opportunities for policy makers to craft meaningful measures for mutual benefits and prosperity across the region. At the same time, they clearly show the difficulties and obstacles that even “statesman-like” initiatives will face in the future due to a fundamental lack of trust between India and Pakistan.

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