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Who are real heroes of Indonesia?

  • Donny Syofyan

Padang, West Sumatra   /   Thu, November 10 2011   /  09:01 am

Every year on Nov. 10, people of Indonesia celebrate National Heroes Day. Today it is less solemn and more festive day. People may have forgotten the chain of events collectively known as the Battle of Surabaya in 1945, but heroes continue to appear on life’s stage today.

Each day has its own hero, and everyone perhaps is a hero in his or her own way. Despite facing the difficult times, people still have possibilities to shape history.

One may be viewed a hero or heroine due to their extraordinary courage and sacrifice in their attempts to defend the truth. Others may say a hero is a valiant warrior. Those definitions remind us of the late Munir, who was killed on a plane en-route to the Netherlands, or Wiji Thukul, who suddenly disappeared. His poems expressed endless criticism against the government.

Most people who have been enshrined in various pantheons are...