How does President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono evaluate his five years in office? His speech at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, on Sept. 30 is a brief commentary of his own performance.
Anand Krishna , Jakarta | Wed, 10/14/2009 1:34 PM | Opinion
Alfred Nobel (1833-1896) is, perhaps, the greatest inventor of all time. The range of his inventions is simply mind-boggling, from the deadly dynamite to the prestigious Nobel Prize. It is not the dynamite, though, but the prestigious prize that has carried his name to this date.
In 1888, a French newspaper erroneously published an obituary of Nobel, citing him as “the merchant of death”. That was a turning point in the life of the man who had turned Bofors, formerly a steel mill, into a major armament manufacturer, still in business to this day.
About 60 years ago, then president Sukarno scoffed at Indian shopkeepers in India who took pride in displaying their religion on their signboards, “Hindu Tea Stall”, “Muslim Restaurant”, and so on and so forth.
In his address to the nation on Aug. 15, 2009, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono mentioned self-dependency (kemandirian), competitiveness (daya saing) and excellence in civilization (peradaban yang unggul) as three important factors in nation building.
My first and last meeting with W.S. Rendra took place not long after The Jakarta Post carried an exclusive interview on the great poet on Nov. 12, 2005. I was then invited by a friend to talk about national integration and Pancasila, the state ideology.
Some time after the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels were bombed last Friday, presidential spokesman Andi Malarangeng conveyed President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s concerns on television, and said the President intended to visit the site immediately, but since it was “Friday, and almost prayer time”, the visit would be postponed until after the prayers.