Are We Heading from Divide & Conquer to Divide & Grab?

September 20, 2020

The origin doctrine of divide and conquer goes back to Julius Caesar, Roman general and statesman, assassinated in 44 BC and the subject of a play by William Shakespeare titled after his name. But, the original dictum has seen a series of changes like divide and rule (British colonizers), divide and grab/loot (post-Independence Bharat). But, first the facts with latest media reports on the subject.

Renaming Hyderabad Karnataka – the region comprising six north-eastern districts of the State – as Kalyana Karnataka on September 17, 2019 is often projected as a milestone in the region’s history. It is also used by the BJP as a counterweight to the fact that it was during the Congress regime that the region got Special Status with the insertion of Article 371(J) of the Constitution in 2002.

Present Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa did not only proclaim the region as Kalyana Karnataka on September 17, 2019, on Kalyana Karnataka Utsav Day (which was earlier celebrated as Hyderabad Karnataka Liberation Day), he also made several promises as a gesture of his government’s commitment to the development of the region.

Despite old promises remaining unfulfilled, Chief Minister made new ones for Kalyana Karnataka during the celebration, this year, on September 17.

With the promises he made during the last Kalyana Karnataka Utsav Day – establishment of a separate secretariat for the implementation of Article 371(J) of the Constitution, shifting Kalyana Karnataka Special Cell from Bengaluru to Kalaburagi, increasing special grants to Kalyana Karnataka Regional Development Board (KKRDB) and filling the 10,748 government posts lying vacant in the region – remaining unfulfilled, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa made a fresh promises on the occasion of Kalyana Karnatak Utsav Day this year on September 17. These included completion of construction of Anubhava Mantapa in Bidar district within four months, implementation of for water supply projects for two districts and 10 lift irrigation projects along Kagina River at a cost of ?3,000 crore. He spoke about negotiation with the Union government for making Kalaburagi a new railway division, establishment of a bulk drug park in Yadgir at a cost of ?1,446 crore and setting up a toy manufacturing cluster on 400 acres of land in Koppal. These were among the new promises the Chief Minister made in his public address after hoisting the national flag at DRA Grounds in Kalaburagi on Thursday to mark 2020 Kalyana Karnataka Utsav Day.

Apparently, because one year on, his promises have not been fulfilled, the region now demands statehood for itself. Presently, it is a shrill noice. A Dalit leader, Gurushant Pattedar, has demanded that statehood be granted to Kalyana Karnataka. Addressing the media on September 16, 2020, at Kalaburagi, he demanded that the government abrogate the special status accorded to the region and sought statehood for the region. It may be noted that already two States – Andhra Pradesh and Telangana - have been carved out of the old Hyderabad Kingdom of the Nizams.

This is the latest instance of a demand for divide and rule which have resulted in splitting states, districts and taluks – with hidden motives of divide and rule/grab.

According to a report in The New Indian Express dated March 1, 2019, the state government had given approval for the formation of 12 new taluks and had issued an order. The then CM H D Kumaraswamy, in his budget speech, had announced that Harohalli, Chelur, Teradala and Kalasa will be made taluks. The government, however, had given in-principal approval for 12 new taluks, stating that there is a need for restructuring taluks for “effective administration”.

The latest demand for new Taluks to new States confirms the theory of divide and grab. With modern transport ensuring ease of travel to existing State, District and Taluk headquarters and the explosion of telecommunication and digital revolution, which in the current Kovid-19 brings traditional class-rooms to every nook and corner, duplicating “Vidhan Soudhas” and staff at taluk levels and creating new taluks seems a waste of State resources.

Then, why does it happen? Bangaluru and major district headquarters like Mysore and Mangaluru have a strong presence of media persons and civic vigilantes and any wrong-doers are easily exposed. But, in remote and minor cities and towns such vigilance is not common and in some cases the inconvenient busybodies could be bought off. So, the agitation for taluks/districts in smaller centres where it is easy to manage to grab public money for private greed.

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Comment on this article

  • Rohan, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 23 2020

    Dear Sir.,
    I would also like to add to my previous comment the success of the panchayat raj system. Today even in remote villages women have been empowered to make decisions and be a part of the main stream politics of their areas. They can spend the funds for the work which is of priority rather than someone making a decision for them. Also in many cities the city corporations have set up local body groups which take interest in the development of their own areas... The more localised the administration the more effective and honest administration as people who administer are direct beneficiaries and also come from simple background...

  • John B. Monteiro, Bondel Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 23 2020

    Sorry: Last week-end for some technical reasons the the topic-essay could not be uploaded on Saturday.
    Rohan: I end my topic essay with a standard sentence. “The subject is open to many views. What are yours?” I welcome your response against this dictum and I invite you to continue to stick with this column.
    John: Thank you for favouring this column with your interesting response.
    Madam Prescilla Fernandes: As always you have dished out balanced, earthy wisdom.
    Mangalorean: Thank you for your sharply focused response.

  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Tue, Sep 22 2020

    Yet another thought-provoking article, Mr Monteiro. Thank you.

    True, some people have an emotional interest in the creation of a taluq, district or a state - so that 'our' people can walk with their chin up.

    Some others might see such an arrangement as a better convenience for various babu-run services.

    But I would have thought that the driving forces behind such moves are the 'movers and shakers' who want to get their hands on 100s/1000s of crores of public money - as Government contracts can remain among friends/family/clan. I agree, there are some exceptions to this rule.

  • Prescilla Fernandes, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 21 2020

    Monteiro Sir, your article is interesting. There is always gain in dividing not only in Centre/State/District/Taluk level but household level also. People try to gain in each and every situation. Therefore it is one and the same for those who try to divide and grab. With modern transport ensuring ease of travel to existing State, District and Taluk headquarters and the explosion of telecommunication and digital revolution, which in the current Kovid-19 brings traditional class-rooms to every nook and corner, duplicating “Vidhan Soudhas” and staff at taluk levels and creating new taluks seems a waste of State resources. Sir, you know this and I also know. But the so-called netas do not know. What a pity!

  • John, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 20 2020

    If one looks at global picture of this Divide and conquer or grab power ideology, seems also to be communist Chinese strategy including their clandestine evil corona virus, colluding with their cronies worldwide to achieve it.

    Why corona is included in divide and conquer policy because it seems used to eliminate elderly so that young can be easily manipulated. Yes young are most tech savvy but life experiences of elderly can not be taken for granted or sidelined.

    Yes, In this mobile technology generation, youth know or easily digest newer technology but yet very advanced bio, nano chip , luciferase, 5G, surveillance technology these communists may use through this vaccine and its control system, which seems being planned to control population is out of reach or beyond scope for many, in fact for most general public or may be for medical professionals as well.

    Also these communists Chinese use race and religion against each other for divide and conquer also not to forget their anti-life ideologies such as abortion, same-sex and also blm, antifa to bring chaos and anarchy as it is happening in US to bring their godless atheistic rule, first in US and then rest of the world.

    Again mainly this virus and vaccine could be used for divide, conquer and control elderly and youngsters by these evil communist Chinese as they ruthlessly control their own citizens.

    References: 1) Various Divine revelation messages

    2) Technology for mind control.

    Quantum Dot LUCIFERASE Tattoo predictive programing by Jeremiah K

    3) And about their Cronies,

    (A must see including the last video on how they brainwash general public)

    Ref :

  • Rohan, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 20 2020

    Dear Sir.,
    I have always been of the opinion that united we stand and divided we grow. Actually splitting regions into smaller parts gives more autonomy to people of the place , wherein they can decide for themselves not wanting to accept the common ground on which things are decide which may be far from reality for their region. Also autonomy in the hands of many gives people a sense of belonging and part of decision making with sense of satisfaction.
    However there are many caveats and successful implementation is a must for success...

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