Yesterday I learnt how true greatness is exhibited when
I met Mr. Jyoti Sagar (Founder Partner of
Jyoti Sagar Associates) for the first time.
I was attending a joint co-operation
event organized by Lexis Nexis and SILF (Society of Indian Law
Firms) to discuss areas of collaborating on sustainable
development by upholding the very essential element of development
i.e Rule of Law.
Mr. Youngsuk Chi, Chairman of Lexis
Nexis shared his vision on how we can achieve this really lofty
long term goal. And he gave absolutely "Brilliant"
insights to describe it in one word !
Later the SILF President, Mr. Lalit
Bhasin raised the issue of ' Gender Equality" saying how
women participation in playing responsible roles as Judges or
designated Counsels or heading big practices was still far from the
expected level – how men need to play a proactive role in
making this happen. Many points were discussed by other SILf
members who were raising other issues and throwing ideas – on
human rights and other rights of citizen. It was a vibrant and
interactive Q & A session.
This event was attended by mostly
young professionals ( mostly lawyers ) as the Big Law Firm partners
were still busy to make it...
Sitting next to me was a short man,
wearing a sling over an injured hand, who was quiet throughout the
session as if he was just made to sit there for attendance
Before they announced the end of the
session, he raised his hand to say one thing and what he said was
that we must also read about our " Duties " under Article
51A of the Constitution of India. He said we hardly ever
discuss that. This was a paradigm shift of focus on the ongoing
discussion centering on Saga of developing countries, technological
tools that can help to fight for all kinds of rights etc etc... It
did stop us to think ... hmm...
He didn't say anything more but
when he was leaving, while saying goodbye to Mr. Chi ( and I was
the only one there to witness this as I was talking to Mr.Chi) he
told him that he had recently appointed two Managing Partners of
his Firm – and both are ladies !! That's when I figured
he's the great Jyoti Sagar !!
It took my breath
away to see the great man of whom we had heard so
much and to witness his utter humility by not bragging about what
he has done while the discussion was going on and his willingness
to attend such an event meant for achieving greater professional
standards with a broken hand. I have never met him in my 16 years
of practice as he is not seen in the regular networking events of
I had already developed great regard
for this man when he zeroed his stake and quit the firm two years
back in 2013 at the age of 60 after scaling it up in just 22 years
– leaving it for others to run it. The firm now has 325
lawyers and 33 equity partners,
He said he would like to be busier
in philanthropic work.
We always like to exhibit ourselves
to our best advantage, particularly when we happen to be in public
view. True greatness rarely exhibits itself in such a way. In the
political capital of the country to find such humble men who never
seek occasions to display their good nature as it is inherent in
them is really the rarest of rare occasions. This was the lesson I
learnt when I happened to meet Mr.Jyoti Sagar.
It has given me fresh energy to
achieve excellence !!
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