One of the most common ways of attempting to make the government take a certain course of action is to disrupt normal activities that are related to the smooth functioning of any society. There are two outcomes of such a course of action. One is that quite often such actions are uble to produce any positive results, and a great deal of time, money and human effort is wasted in plotting such disruptive activities. The other is that since disruptive activities work against the legitimate and necessary activities of a section of our society, they are bound to create conflicts between different sections of our society. For instance, the disruption to work has to be seen as disruption to activities needed for earning one’s livelihood. So such disruptions are acts that rob some people of their means of livelihood. Regardless of the issues involved, no one can have the right to take away someone else’s livelihood. When one reads newspaper reports about seven- or eight-hour blockades of trains one has every reason to be angry about the time of hundreds of passengers being taken away so unjustly by agitators who make no distinction between the culprits or assumed wrong-doers and all the innocent people quite unconnected with the issues who are unjustly harassed for grievances caused by others. Quite often people are uble to appreciate the fact that time is indeed money because no activity that generates an income can take place outside a span of time. So when any organization holds up a train for several hours to protest against something, it is robbing hundreds of passengers of their time which invariably works out to several hundred man-hours. As such, there should be a provision for starting pel proceedings against those who rob people of their time over totally unconnected issues by organizing disruptions. We should make a beginning now and seek the help of the authorities to introduce pel action against the stealing of time.
Stealing Someone's Time