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Thursday, January 9, 2014


Sukarno, the first President of Indonesia was a charismatic leader that gained global recognition in his first half of governance of the country. After the Asia-Africa meet at Bandung many foreign head of states especially those of developing countries flocked to meet him. To up the fervour of unity and nationalism among his people he introduced the Pancasila.

Later he became more and more misaligned and delineated by western nations because of communistic trends in his policies. He was the sound box of neocolonialism/imperialism indirectly challenging the  capitalist countries especially the British and US. He saw them as imperialistic and a threat when Brunei, Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore joined Malaya to form Malaysia. Ganyang Malaysia he said and hence the konfrantasi episode.

Eventually he became the fallen hero, a victim of the clash between the ideals of democracy and communism in which Islam cannot accept all. Such trichotomy created major factions in his people resulting in slaughter and Sukarno's downfall.

Neocolonialism was never imperilled by Sukarno. It is in fact still much alive, a capitalistic game in various forms often subtle otherwise militaristic engulfing the world today.

With Ho Chin Minh

With President Gamal Nasser of Egypt.

With King Bhumibhol and Queen Sirikit of Thailand.

With Lee Kuan Yew.

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