Puputan and Pancasila


I scored two awesome goals today!
No, I’m not playing soccer. I had two of my goals achieved. First, my goal of walking or running more than 8,000 steps has been achieved. I know 8,000 steps are nothing compared to all of you who run 10K. But for me, a creature who barely does any kinds of sports, completing 11,000 something steps was an achievement. So, yay for me!

Thank you, Google Fit, for keeping up with my goals!

Second, did a little studying will never ruin our holiday -in this case, my holy holiday. Especially, studying history. I visited the Museum of the Struggling People of Bali. Dalam bahasa Indonesia, disebutnya Museum Perjuangan Rakyat Bali.

Monumen Perjuangan Rakyat Bali di Lapangan Puputan Niti Mandala, Renon

The museum is epic in many ways. Not only did it stun from the outside with a 45-meter high monument, made of stone, with a shape that resembles Bajra (a Balinese Hindu priest’ praying bell –this is why the monument is also known as the Bajra Sandhi Monument), but the museum also showcased in-depth historical values.

I will neither tell you the story on the structure of the museum nor any detailed information on what I saw inside the museum. I’m just gonna tell you what I felt after watching the diorama on the second story of the museum.

In one of the dioramas, there was a writing that elaborates the meaning of Puputan. Puputan means fight to death, better than surrender to enemy. This mentality grew upon the Dutch’s colonization to the people of Bali circa 1900. In the end, this belief has liberated Bali from the Dutch’s colonization.

Bali was not the only area fighting back against colonization. So were other areas in the other parts of Indonesia – Java, Sumatera, Ambon. In my perspective, Puputan is the belief beheld by the other Indonesians at that time, inside and outside Bali, to get their country freed from any forms of colonization, despite the color of your skin, your tribes and your religions. If we could fight together in the past for Indonesia, why can’t we fight now to protect the unity of Indonesia?

The current sentiment of religions and tribes discrimination occurring crystal clear in some areas in Indonesia does not reflect the spirit of unity that was once shown during pre-Independence. And Museum Perjuangan Rakyat Bali once again reminded me that Indonesia is a peaceful home to different tribes and religions that respect each other.

Today we are not in any physical war. We do have Pancasila as the rope for nationalism that we hold on to. We’ve studied them since elementary school until college. Yet so little understanding about it on daily basis that we are easily torn apart nowadays by the slightest issues on religion, tribes and even socioeconomic disparity.

When we realized that Pancasila is the fundamental guidance to protect this country from tearing itself apart, it will become the spirit that tied us strong. Just like how the spirit of Puputan amongst the Balinese heroes. It remains alive to remind us, the millennial generation, that this country was defended by blood and lives. Now it is our turn to fight for this country, using our own millennial way 🙂



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