Wednesday, 9 June 2010

'First' Kashmir survey produces 'startling' results

A survey which a British academic says is the first systematic attempt to establish the opinions of Kashmiris has produced "striking results".

Robert Bradnock interviewed more than 3,700 people in Indian- and Pakistani-administered Kashmir to assess their views on various issues.

One of the key questions put to respondents was how they saw the future of the territory.

Nearly half of those interviewed said they wanted independence.

Another question asked for their views over the continuing insurgency.

Dr Bradnock - an associate fellow at the Chatham House think-tank in London - says that the survey has produced startling conclusions, especially in relation to the future of the territory.

For the full story please visit BBC News.

Dr Robert Bradnock is a Senior Associate with Menas Associates and has written extensively about the social and political environment in South Asia including Kashmir. You can read a detailed article about his Chatham House report 'Counting in Kashmir' here.

For more news and expert analysis about South Asia please visit Menas Associates Newsroom.

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