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How studying 1945-1949 wars can benefit Indonesia

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Jakarta   /   Thu, February 1, 2018   /  10:44 am
How studying 1945-1949 wars can benefit Indonesia 'Panjat pinang' (climbing the slippery pole) is one of the competitions that are held to celebrate Indonesia's Independence. One point in history Indonesia and the Netherlands cannot agree on is the date when Indonesia became independent. Indonesia declared its independence on Aug. 17, 1945, but the Dutch believe the transfer of sovereignty did not take place until Dec. 27, 1949. (shutterstock.com/dani daniar/File)

One point in history Indonesia and the Netherlands cannot agree on is the date when Indonesia became independent. Indonesia declared its independence on Aug. 17, 1945, but the Dutch believe the transfer of sovereignty did not take place until Dec. 27, 1949. This is the reason why Indonesia considers the Dutch military attacks in a number of regions across Java in 1947 and 1948 military aggressions, while the Dutch call them police actions. It is impossible to get the Netherlands to acknowledge the fact that Indonesia gained its freedom on Aug. 17, 1945, as that would mean considering activities of their forces in Indonesia between 1945 and 1949 war crimes. Let the two nations write this period of history differently and even contradictorily; the longstanding relationship between the two will not be at risk. Meanwhile violence at the hands of Dutch troops in Rawagede in Bekasi, east...

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