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Jakarta Post

Insight: Is this Independence?

  • HS Dillon

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 16 2012   /  09:04 am

We are celebrating the 67th anniversary of the Proclamation of Independence with the usual pomp and circumstance. There are at least two things evident from the events and ceremonies: First, there is gratitude for all that we have achieved; second, there is a need to revive our fearless drive for justice and unity in quest of our national objectives.

We have a great deal to be thankful for, especially if we focus only upon the tangibles: Magnificent structures of glass and steel reaching to the sky, luxurious cars that would put the residents of Beverly Hills to shame and teeming hordes at the nation’s malls all expressing a single intent — Shop ‘till you drop! It comes as no surprise that many conclude that Indonesia is independent. But is this really the case?

Let’s look at the reasons behind the formation of the nation as expressed in the Proclamation and as spe...