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  • Last week former presidents B.J. Habibie and Megawati Sukarnoputri expressed concern that pancasila had lost its prominence.

    Could Indonesia 'Pakistanize'?

  • Last month, leading political and judicial figures, including the president, warned that "pancasila has been sidelined from people's way of life."

    Could Indonesia 'Pakistanize'?

  • Indonesia's tradition of pluralism, enshrined in its state ideology "pancasila," is now under increasing threat.

    Could Indonesia 'Pakistanize'?

  • Many of these believers are too young to have taken part in the political system or been indoctrinated in pancasila.

    Battle Of The Greens

  • For his three decades in power, Suharto brutally enforced allegiance to the national mythology of pancasila -- the "five principles" of civility, national unity, democracy, social justice and belief in one God.

    Battle Of The Greens

  • In order to conform to the first of the five pancasila principles that structure the philosophical basis of the Indonesian state – namely, belief in the one and only God – Indonesian Buddhists have asserted that Adibuddha is the Buddhist equivalent of God.

    A Buddhist View of Islam


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  • True dat.

    (To be fair to Cochrane, the main thrust of his article had something to do with the Secretary of State and Robert Gibbs, not primarily Indonesia. But it's a cool word, anyhow, so I'm glad I saw it.)

    July 22, 2009

  • Really intrestin' about Sanskrit in Indonesia, bilby.

    July 22, 2009

  • As far as Cochrane's bit goes, it's an oversimplification. The first of five pancasila principles is "belief in the God Almighty"; rather than agree that Indonesia is a secular nation, I'd describe it as more of a fuzzy theocracy where the five approved religions - Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Catholicism and Protestantism - inform state policy.

    As for the word, pancasila derives from Sanskrit. From memory panca, five, + sila, pillar. Hardly anywho understands Sanskrit but it is the ancestor of much of the Bahasa Indonesia lexicon. Hence, creating mottoes in Sanskrit is something of a hobby in Indonesia, perhaps akin to a similar use of Latin among English speakers.

    July 22, 2009

  • "Indonesia isn't a Muslim state but a secular nation with a tradition of tolerance: pancasila, the country's nationalist ideology, mandates equal treatment for all."

    —Joe Cochrane, "Indonesia is no 'Muslim nation," Newsweek, July 20, 2009

    Bilby (or others) may have a comment on this...?

    July 21, 2009