NETAJI:MY HERO -by Peter History stands as a silent witness to the works of great men and women.The greatness of their deeds echo through future generations even when they no longer remain on this world.Some achieve greatness through service to humanity,some due to their mastery over arts and sciences,others through governance and military achievements,lastly a few achieve immortality by making the ultimate sacrifice for the defense of their motherland.The latter group who become martyrs for their country are certainly different from the rest of these great men.Their patriotic zeal and selfless work are a testimony to their everlasting greatness. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was one such great man who placed his country and his fellow country men above everything else. Netaji was born in an era when our great country India,once fabled as a golden bird or "sone ki chidiya",was facing its darkest days.The kind,peaceful and benevolent Indians had been tricked by the selfish and greedy British into a life of servitude and humiliation under the British Raj. Netaji realized the suffering of his countrymen can only go away with a dogged resistance to this brutal and unjust regime.Brimming with patriotic fervour and zeal he launched a crusade for freedom against the British.He rallied men under his banner and organized protests and agitations against the British Raj. He was not only a freedom fighter and a revolutionary but also a social reformer.He wanted to transform Indian society from a rural one to a modern industrialized nation which would compete with the nations of Europe and America.He was against caste,religious and other types of divisions that the British had created among Indians to prolong their rule.Netaji believed that freedom could only be achieved through sacrifice,even if it meant giving up one`s life.While his few demented detractors might label him as a fascist for asking the help of the Axis powers for the liberation of his country ,one must understand the circumstances which made him do so.The British were no less evil than the fascists,like the latter they too had been mercilessly killing and oppressing the Indians for two centuries. Netaji was forced to side with one of the evils for securing his country`s future.Under Netaji`s leadership the INA made great strides in their goal of securing Akhand Bharat`s freedom.Sadly Netaji had to give up his life for the sake of freedom of India.He died a hero`s death.His death however did not go in vain.While he parted with his life he made sure the final nail in the coffin of the British Raj had been planted.Netaji made sure that the British empire in India was forever thrown into the dustbin of history and finally we Indians could cherish freedom and prosperity. Today we Indians take our freedom for granted.However when we look back at the sacrifices of men like Netaji we realize how valuable it really is.The oft quoted and cliched statement comes to our mind that freedom is not free but priceless.Modern day Indians really need to remember this great hero and follow in his footsteps to make India a great nation.May India be blessed with a thousand men and women who share the same ideals as Netaji.For today India is being set back by corruption,injustice,illiteracy,child labour,social inequality etc.This evils are no less perilous to us Indians than the British.Like the British they too can consume this great land and destroy us.It is my hope that with Netaji`s deeds as our guiding light we would face this evils and vanquish them. May Netaji forever remain in the hearts of the present and future generations of Indians. May Netaji`s dream of a self sufficient and powerful India become a reality.I,Peter along with all DFI members give a salute to this great hero and champion,Netaji.