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Here is why UK MP Liam Byrne ‘condemned’ India’s decision to abrogate Article 370, and it has nothing to do with India

Author: OpIndia Staff
Publication: Opindia.com
Date: August 8, 2019
URL:      https://www.opindia.com/2019/08/here-is-why-uk-mp-liam-byrne-condemned-indias-decision-to-abrogate-article-370-and-it-has-nothing-to-do-with-india/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

Liam Byrne, Member of Parliament in the House of Commons, United Kingdoms from the Labour Party, came out against India on Twitter and said that the decision of the Indian government to integrate Jammu and Kashmir completely with the Indian Union was ‘unacceptable’.
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Liam Byrne @LiamByrneMP
The decision by the Indian Government to revoke #Article370 of the constitution is simply unacceptable. We need justice and a pathway to peace for the people of the troubled region of Jammu and Kashmir.
6:14 PM - Aug 7, 2019
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While Byrne’s statement appears terribly misinformed and quite malicious, a quick check at his background provides an explanation for his conduct. He has been an elected representative from the Hodge Hill constituency since 2004. The demography of his constituency gives away the reason for his statement.

Hodge-Hill has an over 40% Muslim population, 41.5% to be precise, and at least 12.10% of the constituency’s population was born in Pakistan. Of course, the percentage of the population having a Pakistani heritage is much higher. While Indian born population is merely 0.60%.

His constituency, while it was has a 41.50% Muslim population, has only a 0.40% Hindu population, 0.60% Sikh population and 0.20% Buddhist population.

England

75.50%

Pakistan

12.10%

Ireland

1.20%

Jamaica

1.00%

Bangladesh

0.90%

Nigeria

0.70%

Somalia

0.70%

India

0.60%

Wales

0.40%

Zimbabwe

0.40%

Other

6.50%

Demography stats of Hodge Hill based on people’s country of birth
Source: QPZM Local Stats UK

Muslim

41.50%

Christian

37.80%

No religion

12.90%

Sikh

0.60%

Hindu

0.40%

Buddhist

0.20%

Other

6.60%

Hodge Hill’s religious demography
Source: QPZM Local Stats UK

Moreover, nearly 20% of the constituency’s population don’t even speak English. While the Urdu speaking crowd consists of 6.20% and 3.30% speak Pakistani Pahari.

English

81.60%

Urdu

6.20%

Pakistani Pahari

3.30%

Panjabi

2.20%

Pashto

1.10%

Bengali

1.00%

Somali

0.80%

Arabic

0.40%

Polish

0.40%

Persian/ Farsi

0.30%

Other

2.70%

Languages spoken in Hodge Hill
Source: QPZM Local Stats UK

A politician’s primary concern is always securing reelection. Thus, it isn’t any surprise that Liam Byrne has come out all guns blazing on an issue that is strictly India’s internal matter. While one would have expected Byrne to be more concerned with the chaos his own country is on the verge of due to Brexit, he has to take a stand on the issue to appease sections of his own constituency.

Byrne would also be better advised to protect the little girls in his own country from the Pakistani Muslim grooming gangs rather than lecture India regarding its internal matters.
 
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