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Jakarta Post

Activists remember Gus Dur for pluralism amid current strife

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 22 2012   /  12:20 pm

Mindful of an increasing number of incidents of religious intolerance in the nation, activists are commemorating late president Abdurrahman “Gus Dur” Wahid, known as the smiling cleric and a champion of pluralism.

The activists gathered on Friday, in observance of the UN’s International Day of Peace, to commemorate the death of the late president, who was a leader of the nation’s largest Muslim social organization, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU).

Attendees at the event heard speakers say how the ideas of Gus Dur were much needed to counter growing religious intolerance, while others hailed the late president as a peacemaker.

Jalaluddin Rahmat, the chairman of the consultative council of the Indonesian Ahlul Bait Association (IJABI) that represents minority Shia Muslims, was one of the speakers.

Jalaluddin, one of Gus Dur closest friends, said that religious into...