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Jakarta Post

Children of the PKI claim their own independence

  • Dian Kuswandini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, August 19 2008   /  10:37 am

Bimo B. Basworo, 12, never met his grandfather, Nyoto, once a leader of the outlawed Indonesian Communist Party (PKI). Two years ago, when he came across an article about his grandfather, he gave it to his history teacher. The story of the PKI in the article, Bimo said, was rather different to the one he had read in his history textbooks. Nyoto was the second deputy of the PKI and a state minister under Sukarno during the 1960s. He helped rejuvenate the PKI two years after its first rebellion in the East Java town of Madiun in 1948. Bimo said he had read a lot about the PKI in his school textbooks, but none of it was positive. "I wanted my teacher to read this different (view of PKI) history and was hoping he would say something," Bimo told The Jakarta Post recently. But although Bimo never received a response from his teacher, the boy found he had gained something that...