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An insightful synthesis on strengthening Pancasila

  • Saidurrahman

    Medan, North Sumatra

Medan, North Sumatra   /   Fri, August 7 2020   /  01:00 am
Happy birthday, Pancasila -- A motorcyclist passes a Garuda Pancasila mural painted on a wall on Jl. Puspitek Raya in South Tangerang, Banten, on Monday. Pancasila was officially promulgated by Sukarno on June 1, 1945, but only in 2016 did Pancasila Day become a public holiday. (JP / Dhoni Setiawan)

Ideology is the representation of a nation’s genuine identity. It affirms the nation’s existence and protects it from the influence and encroachment of other ideologies. Ideology should also lay a foundation for a nation’s independence. Furthermore, it provides the nation with a guide and reference to develop and manage itself amidst international dynamics. Indonesia has chosen Pancasila as its national ideology, believing it as the embodiment of spiritual, theological, sufistic and cultural values. That is to say that Indonesia has consciously and confidently accepted and established Pancasila as its national identity, henceforth manifested as the state philosophy. A discourse on Pancasila may represent discussions of the deepest or the most substantive aspects of a nation, which is significantly important for all Indonesian citizens, who are the adherents of ...