On Your Behalf

(Disclaimer: This post is not full of political-oh-My-God-What-Are-We-Talking-About thing, it mainly consists of my personal feeling and thought ―and also appreciation for our country, of course,  about our next event, Asia-Africa Commemoration 2015.)

Being the pioneer of Non-Aligned Movement, Asia-Africa Conference did make a big surprise on how the Third World countries could really give some contributions to make a better world. Despite the lack of power, technology, and even money, Bandung Declaration 1955 which has been made by the twenty-nine countries was indicating how enthusiasm for being part of the freedom world—from any fear, hunger, discrimination, and either colonialism or imperialism—was being cheerfully celebrated. I do believe that what we have done before was more than just a declaration and agreement, more than what we have chosen—for being Left, Right, or none of them―, yet it was also about to create a better understanding and to empower others. Making an understatement that every country and every independence person has the right to choose and to take part as the citizen of the world in any sector.

On April 1955, twenty-nine leaders across Asia and Africa gathered to propose a declaration about their idealism and the option they chose. When the world forced them to choose between the Left and Right, these newcomers of ‘freedom country circle’ proposing a new option. They dealt with the option for becoming Non-Aligned countries. Hence, Asia-Africa Conference was being the moment of how they wanted to give meaning in their independence. These countries used their right to choose and to speak up their mind about the ‘ideal world’ they expected it to become. Our Founding Fathers gloriously arranged Bandung Declaration and strived beyond the border. They were not only talking about discrimination and poverty, more than recognition and justice, but also about the right of every person to have their own decision. Bandung Declaration clearly opened other countries eyes that people do have the right to overcome their own fear to express their passion and dream to the society.

Yet, after more than half a century goes by, the biggest question is where are we standing right now? Are we, Asia-Africa countries which once took the role, still trapped by the gloriously romantic history of our Founding Fathers? And furthermore, what will we do and become in the future of our multidimensional world? These questions actually lead me to explore and learn about what we, especially as young leaders of Indonesia, could do to give the right solution and to actualize ourselves by helping others and being the people who of tomorrow.

In 2005, a conference has been held in Jakarta which had a conclusion to make the New Asian–African Strategic Partnership (NAASP). NAASP has three pillars as their main basics, there are political solidarity, economic cooperation, and socio-cultural relations, and thus there will be a better interaction between Asia and Africa. However, are those three points strong enough to make a better relation and give beneficial impact not only for both regions but also for the society across the globe and as Soekarno has said before, to literally fulfill our independence? To actualize our self by looking around us it is that what we really need to do as the main actor of Asia-Africa country. The notion of being the person of tomorrow was being introduced by Carl Rogers back there. This has the meaning to become a fully functioning person. Yet, is it possible to use our Bandung Declaration as one of facilities―not merely as history―to make the nation and people of tomorrow exist in our world? The following paragraphs I would like to share are the further explanation about the fundamental ways to become the nation of tomorrow in this globalization era after the Asia-Africa Conference.

I. To Speak Up and Re-embrace the Declaration Which Once Has Been Forgotten

As Jakarta Post has ever posted, Bandung Conference gave Indonesia particular meanings. It revived the ‘bebas aktif’ foreign policy, and it is becoming a national heritage in the gallery of Indonesian as well as Bandung history. [1] Yet, in my opinion, is it merely ended as history? Or, is it not even starting yet? Bandung Declaration did teach us to speak our mind and ideas even other voices are trying to get us down. Asia-Africa Conference has opened our mind to wisely use our right and to solve the problem about various aspects and problems. What about now and in the future? What are we doing right now? Have forgotten the content of the declaration? Isn’t it actually the right time to speak up and to decide our action we are going to take in order to help society out there? In our globalization era it is, where space and time are easily to reach, to speak our ideas in international community is something we should do more. How could we help others and express our idea if we don’t dare our self to share it with others? How could we take a wise decision if we reluctantly re-embrace the precious knowledge we have?

II. To Make Evaluation and Act like an Independence Country Should Be

The phrase of ‘the older we get, the more challenging life becomes’ vividly shows its appearance in our social life. In our globalization world, culture and the rhythm of environment are gradually changing. Yet, the problems across the globe seem still having the same patterns. Poverty, the lack of education, discrimination, and human right violation are still in every corner of our life. Why do they still appear while we have fought against it for centuries? When Bandung Declaration have been written down, we, Asia and Africa countries declared that we had the same goal to try to erase all of the problems above. However, it seems none of us have already overcome it. Evaluation and act like an independence country by share the education is one of the ways to reduce the problem.

III. To Solve the Problem, not Blame the People

We are being conditioned to talk, but not to listen. Being a human human is listening to other voices. What the role of our freedom Asia-Africa countries are to start to listen other voices and not only quantitative and all about graphic side. Now, we should find out the problem rather than blaming other people because we could not find the proper solution. Being the people of tomorrow it is that actually the time to spread our network and knowledge to learn more and read more to try to solve the problem of our society’s life.

In 2015, countries are committing with the new era of globalization. It needs more than declaration and commitment to make a real change and to become the people of tomorrow. The commitment and the willing to try to spread out our knowledge and ability could be another aspect for completing any requirement to help the world become a better house for better people and make the exact role we can play in our world.

1] Mulyana, Y,G. (2011, April 29).  The 1955 Bandung Conference and Its Present Significance. The Jakarta Post. Retrieved from


If we ever feel wonder what does play a fundamental thing on someone’s life, religion would be the answer and would really take it deeply. Religion has vividly not only become identity for some, but also determined on how society behaved. The notion of religious pluralism has been developed across centuries in human history. Our descendants have gone through―each drop of blood of every soldier in Crusade War and every tears which women and children have given for― for reaching the point of understanding that the differences do exist in our society. Yet, in our multidimensional lives today, where democracy and human rights are being declared worldwide, it seems that no one could deny that we need more that blood and tears to have a crystal clear understanding to what each of us actually stands for.

As one of the countries who has the highest number of population, Indonesia definitely has tons of things to fix on. Every problem that might occur in more than 200 billion people we have, faith and religion sometimes become the taboo one for being discussed in an open stage. We prefer to make it as a private thing while on the other hand, we still keep for having prejudice in what others actually do and have, without any proof, dialogue and further understanding.

Deep down, I always believe that everything and even every difference has its own pattern which we sometimes take it for granted in our daily life. The following phrases I want to give are actually the proposal for what we might have been missed in our religious pluralism life.

I. To Know That This Is Never Right To Give Any Label by Your Own

When our founding fathers―including Gadjah Mada I might say― tried to have a bigger picture of our nation, they have already known that made Indonesia standing under one flag was nothing but not being the egoistic one. Yet, it is way more dangerous than being egoist when we start to love to give any label upon what someone believes in. The label it is that makes people brutally figuring their own types of map of others while they don’t know what the destination is. This is the reason why in our pluralism, the dialogue is a kind of method we could actually know the true road and the destination others have. Not that I try to assume which destination is the right one but to get the more clearly way that it is okay for being different, it is okay for having the different map. Because the thing which more important is what actually you can do for others along the road while you are actually trying to reach the truth your heart believes.

II. Because Our Religious Pluralism Deserves To Stand Out of The Stereotype

Stereotype comes up when most of people think if they know something―and amazingly think in a one way. But, is it impossible that our religious pluralism finally finds the way to stand out of any stereotype that people may give? Yes, the stereotype that this is actually not the right thing to do to get to know what others believe in and think, that people should act like the stereotype we have for them. The history has proved that this is actually our ego made us hard to see that not every stereotype in our society is the right one. Time changes and so do the people. We are no more living in the time when the majority is the one who has the right. All we can do now is to reflect to our self and see the traces that it is actually worth to know the environment around us by learning other perspectives.

III. It Is Simply Because We Come From Different Initial

The different initial it is that we sometimes forget to remember when we keep to debate and give the arguments who is the right one. The different initial does matters because it will give us different way of what kind of religion we finally stands for. Some people feel that they are the right one because they do follow the track on their map. But, honestly, when we keep arguing, nothing we get because actually we are talking the different map and different way! The war starts at here and there, terrorism is being something we see every day, and lots of things that make us confused about what actually happens. And here too, we should have finally realized that sometimes the different initial will lead us to nothing but the peace and love.

Society might think and behave on their own. Stereotype might have its place in our brain. Yet, if we have some encouragement to think out of the box, to act fairly toward anyone, to look at them as truly human not merely give them a label because something that they wear or believe, our religious pluralism life will be no more a myth.