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State ideology Pancasila, how are you?

  • Budiono Kusumohamidjojo

Bandung   /   Wed, May 5 2010   /  09:20 am

I would like to recall the words of Dr. Saafroedin Bahar, who used to remind participants at seminars and panels that Indonesia would surely not exist if not for Pancasila, Indonesia’s state ideology, the principles of which are embedded in the preamble of the 1945 Constitution. Initially, I believed what Dr. Saafroedin said was true. However, after some time I told the retired Army brigadier general, whom I respect because of his integrity and positive ideas, that his mantra might have been true 65 five years ago, but not now. As Heraclitus said 25 centuries ago: Panta chorei kai ouden menei, everything flows and nothing stands still. Things and people are different now, and Indonesia is no exception. It is true that we still see Pancasila around us being symbolized in the Garuda coat of arms, hung high on the walls of public offices. However, one now has sufficient reason to be conce...