The maxim divide et impera ( divide and rule) has been attributed to Macedonian Kings, and together with the maxim divide ut regnes ( divide in order to reign)was utilised by the Julius Caesar and the Napoleon
Divide et impera was an old Roman maxim, and it shall be ours”, wrote Lord Elphinstone.
As Shashi Tharoor writes “A systematic policy of fomenting separate consciousness among the two communities was launched, with overt British sponsorship. When restricted franchise was grudgingly granted to Indians, the British created separate communal electorates, so that Muslim voters could vote for Muslim candidates for Muslim seats. The seeds of division were sown, to prevent a unified nationalist movement that could overthrow the British.”
Centuries later, we see the British divided like never before. There is infighting amongst the ruling party MP’s. There is division amongst the opposition party too. The union that makes UK is also fractured.
There are deep divisions in society over the contentious issue of Brexit, where the young are pitted against the old. Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are apparently bickering and feuding politely though. So trouble might be brewing in Buckingham Palace. 10 Downing Street could see a new occupant.
Things come full circle, I guess.
This is not written with any sense of malice.
But since, sometimes we can still see vestiges of our colonial mindset, suddenly emerge from nowhere it’s good to see where divide and rule policy takes people and specially those who use it as a behind the door , policy of stealth to impose control over people they wish to subdue.