Thursday, June 02, 2016

The Pancasila ideology of Indonesia

President Joko Widodo of Indonesia has declared 1 June as a national day to commemorate the birth of the Pancasila ideology.

Pancasila is an ideology that was promoted by the first president Sukarno in 1945. It consists of five principles - divinity, humanism, nationalism, consensual decision making and social justice. The first principle promotes diversity and tolerance of all religions as it promotes the belief in god, without favoring any specific religion.

During the regime of Suharto, the promotion of Pancasila was banned.  This ban has now been reversed.  Commentators said that this decision was made at the request of Megawati, who is a leader of a large political party and the daughter of Sukarno.

President Widodo explained that the promotion of Pancasila is necessary to reverse the recent trend towards radicalism and terrorism. He has taken a bold and impactful decision.

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