In this episode, just a week after our nation’s 71st birthday, we pay homage to our lesser known but no less important Founding Father, Indonesia’s first vice-president, Mohammad Hatta. We dig into Hatta’s exciting life journey — from his boyhood days in Sumatra, to his revolutionary student activist days in the Netherlands, and finally to the man who, alongside Soekarno, declared the independence of our nation from Dutch colonial rule. We then discussed Hatta’s unique philosophy and love of true democracy, as one in which the people’s voice & votes reign supreme. We also talked about how this perspective impacted his actions and relationships with Indonesia’s first two presidents, the aforementioned Soekarno and his successor Soeharto, as well as the fate of Indonesia as a nation. Finally, we closed with a conversation on what Hatta’s legacy is and how his life and writings can & should continue to inspire and instruct Indonesia’s relatively young 71-year-old democracy. Happy birthday Indonesia!
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For those interested in learning more about the topic, we’ve provided links to resources as well as other recommended readings.
Untuk Negeriku: Sebuah Otobiografi — Hatta in his own words
Bung Hatta di Mata Tiga Putrinya — Hatta in the Eyes of His Three Daughters
Seri Tempo: Hatta — BUY IT TO SEE photos of Dapper Hatta in the Indonesian Independence Scene!
Mohammad Hatta: Politik, Kebangsaan, & Ekonomi — Mohammad Hatta: Politics, Nationhood, and Economy
Bab Yang Hilang – Soekarno vs Hatta — Kompas TV’s segment on Soekarno and Hatta’s relationship
The Emergence of Modern Indonesia — courtesy of Wikipedia
Profile of Indonesia — from Dutch rule to today, courtesy of BBC
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