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Jakarta Post

Democratizing knowledge for our dream

  • Juneman Abraham, Dasapta Erwin Irawan and Surya Dalimunthe


Jakarta   /   Wed, February 27, 2019   /  12:07 pm
Democratizing knowledge for our dream Indonesian academics are facing a tough, unprecedented challenge: They are obliged and even hard-pressed by their institutions to publish their writing in the English language in top-tier international journals. (Shutterstock/File)

On Jan. 15, an event was held at the Taman Ismail Marzuki arts center in Jakarta, commemorating 35 years of the Jan. 15, 1974 riots, also known as the Malari incident. The slogan “Make Democracy Real” was displayed all over the venue. The organizer, Hariman Siregar, a well-known Malari figure, raised the need to reorient development to serve society, not just elites and their cronies. He repeated the perennial Malari observation that foreign influence needed to be properly examined for the interest of Indonesians’ welfare. Fear of foreign domination was one reason for the 1974 riots, which greeted then-visiting Japanese prime minister Kakuei Tanaka. Unfortunately, this calibration is missing from Indonesia’s higher education academic journal policies. Foreign influence dominates, as reflected from prioritization of English and other foreign languages. Accord...

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