You all must have seen Gandhiji's Talisman in your NCERT books all your life.
Have you ever actually read it?
Ever wondered why it is put there?
Does it make any sense for the students?
Yes it does!
“I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test. Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man [woman] whom you may have seen, and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him [her]. Will he [she] gain anything by it? Will it restore him [her] to a control over his [her] own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to swaraj [freedom] for the hungry and spiritually starving millions?
Then you will find your doubts and your self melt away.” - Mahatma Gandhi
What does the talisman mean?This talisman actually serve a guide to each and every person to take the right decision.
What does everyone ask from us as student?Your parents have worked hard to provide you the best education.
As a student your main job is to study well and make a great career for yourself.
Contribute to your country and put your share of effort to take India forward.
What do you choose when provided with more than one choices?
Later in life when you make a good career for yourself, you should still remember the talisman.
If whatever you are about to do is not going to help uplift the poorest and the weakest man even in some way or the other, there is no worth in doing that thing.
Contribute to your country, betterment of the life of its people in every possible way and not just think about your own good.
So as students, wake up and study hard!
Learn a lot and contribute even more!
This world needs smart people and you be ONE OF THEM!