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Finding Consensus on Indonesia, Again

The nation-state identity of Indonesia must be reformulated in order to reaffirm the nation’s collective visions and goals. Without the active engagement and collaboration of all of its citizens, Indonesia will never truly be a collective home for everyone.

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A release of pigeons opens the cultural campaign “Show your Indonesian-ness”, which involves 2,000 dancers wearing traditional clothes on Jl. Jenderal Sudirman in Senayan, Jakarta, during the car-free hours on Sunday (12/8/2018). The event was initiated by the Belantara Budaya Indonesia Foundation to commemorate Indonesia’s 73rd anniversary and welcome the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games.

JAKARTA, KOMPAS — In facing increasingly difficult global challenges, the nation-state identity of Indonesia must be reformulated in order to reaffirm the nation’s collective visions and goals. Without the active engagement and collaboration of all of its citizens, Indonesia will never truly be a collective home for everyone. It is the strong bond between citizens that will help the country make it through various global challenges.

Climate change, limited natural resources, economic imbalances and the rise of protectionism among major political powers are just some of the problems that reaffirm the need to strengthen Indonesian identity. “Who and what is Indonesia? How do we answer this? There is no single draft that can comprehensively and authoritatively answer this,” cultural observer Radhar Panca Dahana said in his opening speech at the 3rd Indonesian Cultural Consensus (MBI) General Assembly 2018 in Jakarta on Friday (23/11/2018). The event will end on Nov. 25.

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