Nationalism Wanes

Aug 10th, 2006, in Society, by

An analyst says Indonesians are losing their sense of nationalism.

Tri Nuke Pujiastuti, a researcher at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), says that the increasing importance of regional identity, religious identity, and other forms of identification, are crowding out a sense of unity as Indonesians.

As the celebration of the 61st anniversary of Indonesian independence approaches she said that people should think more of strengthening the national spirit rather than the interests of the regions and smaller scale groups.

She noted that some Indonesian Muslims have been particularly vocal in their condemnation of Israel’s attack on Lebanon and advised instead that a more universal defence of human rights be championed by Indonesians.

3 Comments on “Nationalism Wanes”

  1. Masindi says:

    Nationalism does not mean much to me anymore. I find that nationalism can only be reinforced when the government actively supports the welfare of its citizens. In Indonesia, the government does not seem to want to take care of the welfare aspect of its citizens.

    Look at Bird Flu cases. Look at Aceh Tsunami cases. Pangandaran Tsunami. and many more…

  2. O. Bule says:

    As Indonesians loose their sense of being Indonesian, what will replace it? Will Indonesia collapse like Yugoslavia? Will we see open warfare between Sunda and Jawa; Batak and Aceh; Ambon and everybody else? Too much nationalism is bad; too little is just as bad.

    O. Bule

  3. Karlira Kanakahuko says:

    Indonesia will really unify again, if Islam in Indonesia really eradicate completely.

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