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Jakarta Post

Commentary: How history will eventually write Megawati

  • Kornelius Purba

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 16 2019   /  12:29 am

Indonesia will celebrate its 74th anniversary of independence on Saturday. More than just observing the country’s struggle, led by Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta, to be free from the shackles of the Dutch colonial power, on Saturday the nation will also commemorate the 20th anniversary of its united commitment to democracy, making a break from its authoritarian past. Twenty years ago, we held our first democratic legislative elections. Five years later, in 2004, Indonesians directly elected their president and vice president.Now, however, our democracy is back in danger. Those in power, including the political elite, power brokers, big business people and the military, may undermine democracy with their deceptive excuses and narratives. In the meantime, certain Islamic groups and Muslim-oriented parties aim to build a caliphate, calling democracy a product of infidels.We don’t need to hi...