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Soekarno's Odyssey

The Birth of a Nation

By Faizal Haris LubisPublished 16 days ago 3 min read
Soekarno's Odyssey
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In the early 20th century, a charismatic leader named Soekarno emerged from the sprawling Indonesian archipelago, determined to free his people from the shackles of colonialism. This is the powerful and captivating story of Soekarno's relentless struggle for independence and the birth of the Republic of Indonesia.

The Awakening

It was a sweltering afternoon in Surabaya, Java, when a young Soekarno first heard the whispers of destiny. Born in 1901 to Javanese parents, he was a brilliant student who reveled in the classics of world literature. His father, a schoolteacher, had instilled in him a deep love for knowledge and a burning desire for justice.

As Soekarno grew, so did his consciousness of the oppression that the Indonesian people suffered under Dutch colonial rule. At the age of 23, he sailed to the Netherlands to pursue higher education. There, he witnessed the rise of anti-colonial movements across the globe, and his heart burned with a fierce determination to liberate his homeland.

The Voice of the People

Returning to Indonesia, Soekarno became a charismatic orator and an intellectual powerhouse. He founded the Indonesian National Party (PNI) and began to agitate for independence, boldly proclaiming, "Give me ten youths, and I will shake the world."

His fiery speeches, delivered from makeshift stages and village squares, resonated with the oppressed masses. They rallied behind his call for unity, freedom, and national identity. Soekarno's fame spread like wildfire, and the Dutch colonial authorities saw him as a formidable threat.

The Long Night of Imprisonment

In 1930, Soekarno's unyielding spirit led him to proclaim the famous Indonesian Youth Pledge. This declaration of unity and resistance would become a rallying cry for generations to come. However, it also earned him a one-way ticket to exile on the remote island of Flores.

For seven long years, Soekarno languished in prison, cut off from his beloved homeland. But his spirit remained unbroken. He wrote prolifically, crafting his vision for Indonesia's future in letters and essays smuggled out of his cell. His words kept the flame of independence alive.

The Struggle Intensifies

Released from captivity, Soekarno rejoined the struggle with renewed vigor. World War II had engulfed the globe, and the Dutch colonial administration had crumbled. Sensing an opportunity, Soekarno, and other nationalist leaders, declared Indonesia's independence on August 17, 1945.

The path to freedom, however, was not smooth. International political forces and local rivalries threatened to tear the nation apart. Soekarno's skills as a diplomat and a unifying figure were tested to their limits. Yet, he remained steadfast, working tirelessly to forge a united front.

The Birth of a Nation

Finally, on December 27, 1949, after years of negotiations, the Dutch formally recognized Indonesia's independence. Soekarno became the first President of the Republic of Indonesia, fulfilling his lifelong dream and the aspirations of millions.

As the Indonesian flag, red and white, was raised for the first time, Soekarno addressed the nation, saying, "Proclaiming one's own independence is not the same as having it recognized by others. Freedom is not something you ask for. It's something you take with your own hands."

Soekarno's leadership guided Indonesia through its turbulent early years, as the nation grappled with economic challenges, political turmoil, and international pressures. His charisma and vision held the diverse archipelago together, laying the foundation for a modern, independent Indonesia.

Legacy of a Nation-Builder

Soekarno's legacy continues to shape Indonesia to this day. His vision of a united, sovereign, and diverse nation remains a source of inspiration. His relentless struggle for freedom and self-determination serves as a reminder that one individual's passion and determination can change the course of history.

In every corner of Indonesia, from the bustling streets of Jakarta to the remote villages of Papua, Soekarno's name and spirit endure as a symbol of resilience and hope—a testament to the power of one man's dream to ignite the flame of freedom in the hearts of many.


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Faizal Haris Lubis

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