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'Merdeka Sejak Hati’: A Tribute to Lafran Pane

A. Kurniawan Ulung

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, August 9, 2019  /  04:08 pm
'Merdeka Sejak Hati’: A Tribute to Lafran Pane

Discussing a legend: Moderator Frisca Clarissa (left), writer A. Fuadi (second left), Lafran Pane's nephew Nina Pane (center), politician Akhmad Muqowam (second right) and researcher Hariqo Wibawa talk about Fuadi's new book, 'Merdeka Sejak Hati', in a discussion at the National Library in Jakarta. (JP/A. Kurniawan Ulung)

Even though the Association of Islamic Students (HMI) is the biggest student organization in Indonesia, nobody has ever truly dug deep into the story of its founder Lafran Pane. That is, until now. Award-winning author Ahmad Fuadi has chronicled the life of Lafran, who went from zero to hero, in a new book titled Merdeka Sejak Hati (Independence from the Heart). 'Merdeka Sejak Hati' by Ahmad Fuadi. ( Lafran may not be as well-known as his older brothers, acclaimed poet Sanusi Pane and renowned novelist Armijn Pane, yet he is arguably one of the most influential academics in Indonesian history thanks to the HMI, which he founded in 1947 in Yogyakarta.    Standing on the front line of promoting a tolerant Islam and safeguarding the state ideology, Pancasila, and national motto Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity), the HMI has a...