[Julius Caesar is assassinated by a group of conspirators led by his friend Brutus. Brutus justifies the killing, saying that Caesar had become too ambitious and had to be killed.

Mark Antony delivers a brilliantly sarcastic eulogy starting with the words-

‘Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.’

This has the effect of turning the mob against Brutus.

This post is my take on what Antony might have said were he here in India today.]
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 [ With apologies to  William Shakespeare and Mark Antony ]

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 Friends, Indians, countrymen, lend me your ears;

The noble Prime Minister has told us about Saturday’s Midnight crackdown that “It is unfortunate that the operation had to be conducted, but quite honestly there was no alternative.”

Some might say that there should have been an announcement earlier telling the gathered people to vacate the premises. Some might say that the authorities should have waited till morning. Some might say the elderly and young children should not have been brutalized.

But these are unimportant matters.

The PM says that there was no alternative to a midnight raid, and we must believe him, for the PM is an honourable man.

So are they all, all honourable men–

The noble  Union Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal has stated that Civil society members are not serious about drafting the Lokpal bill.

He said  “The government is shocked at comments made by Team Anna. How can they call us cheats, liars and conspirators? Are they as serious? Steps as these will only delay the drafting of the Lokpal Bill. The demand for live web cast of Lokpal meeting is irrelevant.”

Civil society representatives say that no one has abused the government representatives. They say that the government actions have “raised serious doubts about the government’s intentions of having a strong anti-corruption watchdog.”

But the HRD Minister begs to differ, and we must believe him, for the HRD Minister is an honourable man.

So are they all, all honourable men–

A man claiming to work with a Rajasthan-based magazine threatened Congress leader Janardan Dwivedi with a shoe at a press briefing on Monday. Within minutes, Congress spokesman Manish Tiwari stated that the man was an RSS activist and a member of the BJP. He said that the act “was a sign of the desperation of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).”

Others pointed out that there was no reason to assume that the man was in any way connected with the RSS or BJP.

But the Congress spokesman thinks differently, and we must believe him, for the Congress spokesman is an honourable man.

So are they all, all honourable men–

There are men here who say that this agitation is futile. Black money cannot be brought back to India. It is stashed away in another country, a sovereign country, which will never agree to our demands.

There are men here who say that Baba Ramdev is a fraud, that Anna Hazare is a fraud. That they have some ulterior motive to all these agitations. They say that anti-national Hindu organisations are behind these movements.

They say that only they have the country’s interest at heart. Only they are making great sacrifices for the benefit of the country.

Friends, Indians, countrymen, shall we keep on believing that these are honourable men? Shall we keep on believing the lies they tell? Shall we continue to keep our eyes shut to the injustices that are taking place around us?

Friends, Indians, countrymen, is it not time for us to decide where we stand?