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I treat Mahabharata as the epic that gives new wisdom each time you read it. And Bhagavath Gita forms an important part of this great epic. One of the key teachings of Gita is to concentrate on action than in the result. So what is the right action and how do you define right action in a given situation? I am trying to explain this within the context of an experience I had yesterday while travelling from Ernakulam to Trivandrum.

When I reached Ernakulam railway station yesterday evening, I came to know there is a flash strike of loco–pilots happening from morning. Some trains were cancelled, many others were running hours late. My train was also running late to close to 1.5 hrs.

Reason for the strike was the loco-pilots were asked to use new breath analyzer and it was not intimated to them earlier. One person refused to take it and he was suspended and hence they called flash strike so that the authorities relent to their demands, which finally they did and the strike was eventually called off around 6pm.

Yes the loco-pilots got what they wanted. But who paid the price. By neglecting their duty they made the innocent travelers who were not at all responsible for what happened pay the price. It was the travel plans of hundreds of people that were jeopardized as they were taken by surprise. Many of those travelers would have had emergencies, like a loved one in hospital, want to meet a friend going abroad. On a Sunday evening there were enough weekend commuters like me who after spending time with their families want to join work the next day in another city. Lack of train service meant, one leave which we have kept for emergency unnecessarily wasted. Then another set for whom if they reach the destination railway station beyond a certain time transport services to their home were scarce. Little children and babies were crying in the train due to hunger and sleep as train was more and more delayed. These people were paying the price of something which they were not part of.

So what does this mean? Do The loco-pilots have no rights to protest. Yes they have. But not this way. The flash strike they carried out by keeping the passengers at ransom was done to get quick results. Result was concentrated, not action.

They definitely had another way to protest. They could have taken the breath analyzer test yesterday and made a verbal protest. Their union could have intimated the concerned department that they have concerns regarding the procedure and if their concerns are not heard they will go on a strike on a pre-determined date. The same infos they could have made in the public forum also. What differentiates such an approach. In the second approach the passengers know that there is an issue between loco-pilots and the authorities. And if it is not resolved on the said date rail services will be affected. They will get time to plan their activity, make back up plans to reach their destination and even if it is emergency they won’t be taken by surprise as they already know about it.

In the second approach you don’t neglect the duty, but at the same time demand your rights also, whereas the first approach right is demanded neglecting the duty. Does anyone think by taking the first approach the loco-pilots really won. Definitely not. Victory by first approach is quick but at some point it will back fire, whereas the victory by second approach though will be a little late will be long lasting. Last but not the least in the first approach your ego rules and in the second approach your conscience rules. And action that is taken keeping the conscience as the top priority will always yield the best results. Results beyond what you have imagined. Whenever you are at cross roads instead of listening to your shouting ego, listen to the whisper of the conscience. You will always take the right action that will take you to the right results.

About the Author
Deepalakshmi is a teacher by profession but now a freelance writer who loves to write thought provoking articles...i.e to bring out the issues faced by a common man and also suggest a suitable solution.

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