On an Emirates flight back from Europe, i watched the movie Sarkar Raj. One sequence of the movie struck me.

Shankar Nagre (Abhishek Bacchan plays the role of an heir to “Sarkar’s” legacy) has taken it upon himself to get a power plant investment come to a Maharashtra village called Thakarwadi. He is opposed to a host of politicians who are in for making a quick buck, and is trying to keep them outside of the deal-making that’s going on amidst businessmen and politicians.

In a bomb planted in Shankar’s car, his pregnant wife is killed. Being what he is, he vows to kill the people behind the attack. Shankar and Subhash Nagre (Sarkar; played by Amitabh Bachhan) have been portrayed to have a deep and intense father-son relationship. At this incident, Sarkar comes over to Shankar and reminds him that this attack is not on him, but his ideals – and ask him NOT to take things personally.

Shankar responds by saying, “Sab kucch niji hai” (“everything here is personal”).

The stand that Shankar takes is that he has a deep sense of “personal responsibility” for the construction of the Power Plant, which he sees as a huge leap of progress for the people of Maharashtra, specifically Thakarwadi; and that it is not only his wife’s killing that is a “personal attack” on him.


My take is that it is this same sense of “personal responsibility” that drove Mahatma Gandhi as well as recently Anna Hazare to achieve what they did.

Nothing is achieved without a personal sense of responsibility in everything we do in our lives, including at our work.


The same goes for taking “personal  responsibility” even for our clients. This is simply a state of mind. It does not matter where it manifests – at business, in inter-personal relationships, at home, at work, within our neighbourhood, or any aspect of our lives – if we take “personal responsibility” as a state of our being, sooner or later it will manifest in different areas of lives.