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Independence for the nation, independence for women?

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Jakarta   /   Wed, August 19, 2020   /  09:36 am
Independence for the nation, independence for women? Dancing queens: Dancers dressed in traditional costumes take part in a flashmob organized by Belantara Budaya Indonesia Foundation in Jakarta on Aug. 15. The event was held to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Indonesia’s independence. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Two days ago, Indonesia celebrated its semi-sesquicentennial anniversary. Yup, that’s a fancy name for 75, which like 40, 50, 60 is also considered a landmark birthday. Big celebration! Yaaay! Nah, not in these COVID days! However, I reckon my neighborhood unit (RW) did better than the celebration at the Presidential Palace, which only had 20 people present and was conducted virtually. Over 50 of us residents of my housing complex, all clad in red and white did a 45 (symbolic of 1945 of course!)  minute morning walk around the complex, ending in a flag-saluting ceremony, singing the national anthem Indonesia Raya and sharing snacks and drinks afterward. Simple, heartfelt, and unthinkingly and symbolically standard. Anniversaries are actually an opportunity for reflection, and even more so in these pandemic times. As one of the memes I received via WhatsApp said...

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