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Chalik Hamid: Poetic love of country lives on

  • Alpha Amirrachman,

    Contributor,

Jakarta   /   Mon, January 5 2009   /  11:06 am

When poet Chalik Hamid left Indonesia on Feb. 4, 1965, to study journalism in Albania, he had no idea he would not return for 30 years. CHALIK HAMID: JP/Alpha Amirrachman Just seven months after he had left the country -- and his pregnant wife -- Indonesia experienced some of the defining moments in its modern history: the killing of the generals, the fall of the giant Indonesian Communist Party and the alleged massacre of its followers. Because of his own communist history, even though he was far away in Albania, Chalik's life was changed forever. The Indonesian Communist Party -- then the world's third-largest political party with three million members -- was accused by some sections in the military of attempting to stage a coup d'*tat and of having a role in killing the generals. Indonesia found itself caught in a bitter feud between two competing i...