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Sukarno
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Sukarno
  • Born: 6th June 1901, Surabaya, East Java, Dutch East Indies
  • Died: 21st June 1970, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Alma mater: Bandung Institute of Technology
  • Occupation: Freedom fighter and president of Indonesia
  • Famous for: Leading and winning the battle for Indonesian independence and becoming the country's first president
  • Term as president: 18th August 1945 – 12th March 1967
  • Political party: Indonesian National Party
  • Trivia: He was named Kusno Sosrodihardjo at birth but his parents changed his name to the more auspicious Sukarno after he survived a number of childhood illnesses
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"Learning without thinking is useless, but thinking without learning is very dangerous!"

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"Do not think that the oceans and the seas will protect us. The food that we eat, the water that we drink, yes, even the very air that we breathe can be contaminated by poisons originating from thousands of miles away"

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"The unconventional has become the conventional, and who knows what other examples of misguided and diabolical scientific skill have been discovered as a plague on humanity"

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"We are living in a world of fear. The life of man today is corroded and made bitter by fear. Fear of the future, fear of the hydrogen bomb, fear of ideologies"

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"Fear is a greater danger than the danger itself, because it is fear which drives men to act foolishly, to act thoughtlessly, to act dangerously"

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"Let's iron America, and bludgeon the British"

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"Revolution surges, flashes, thunders in almost every corner of the earth. Brothers and sisters, keep fanning the flames of the leaping fire. Let us become logs to feed the flames of revolution"

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"Wherever, whenever and however it appears, colonialism is an evil thing, and one which must be eradicated from the earth"

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"There is a force loose in the world whose potentiality for evil no man truly knows"

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"We can inject the voice of reason into world affairs. We can mobilise all the spiritual, all the moral, all the political strength of Asia and Africa on the side of peace"

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"Reach your ambition as high as the skies; Dream it as high as the skies. Because if you fall, you're going to fall among of the stars"

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"Independence can only be obtained and secured by a nation that has its spirit raging with determination, independence or death"

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"Give me 10 youths who are fired with zeal and with love for our native land and with them I shall shake the earth"

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"When you think of public opinion in Indonesia, you speak about me. I am public opinion"

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"Nationalism cannot flower if it does not grow in the garden of internationalism"

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"Where Slavery is, there Liberty cannot be; and where Liberty is, there Slavery cannot be"

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"To hell with your aid. We can do without aid. We'll never collapse"

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"The peoples of Asia raised their voices, and the world listened"

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"The Indonesian people will eat stones if I tell them to"

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"I entered prison a leader and I shall emerge a leader"

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Sukarno Biography

Like him or loathe him Sukarno has cemented his place in the annals Indonesian history as the leader who turned the dream of Indonesian freedom into reality by planning, fighting and scheming his way through a quarter of a century of struggle to achieve his ambition of liberty and independence for his beloved people.



Inspired by his burning ambition for independence Sukarno formed the Indonesian Nationalist party in the mid 1920's and by the end of the decade he had become such a thorn in the side of the Dutch colonists that they arrested him for his nationalistic activities. Sukarno who was already an articulate orator was given a platform during his trial that he took full advantage of and delivered thunderous speeches about the vile evils of colonialism.

The eloquence of his message brought him international recognition and condemnation upon the Dutch government who quickly released him after giving him a four year sentence. The Indonesian people had found a new hero to look up to and Sukarno grew in prominence and influence to the frustration of the Dutch who decided to re-arrest him and exile him without trial to the island of Flores where he remained for 8 years until the Japanese invaded during WWII and released him.

Sukarno had an uneasy relationship with the Japanese, they needed him to control the people and supply food and labour whilst he wanted to use the Japanese to attain the country's independence he so desperately sought. After WWII Sukarno moved quickly to announce the new Independent Indonesian Republic citing in a speech the 5 principles of government: nationalism, internationalism, democracy, social justice and belief in God.

The Dutch came back to reinstate their control on their former colony so the Sukarno nationalists built an army using weapons left behind by the Japanese and fought a 4 year guerilla war from their base in the jungle. He also battled with the communists and Sukarno was famously quoted as saying on a radio speech; “Choose Communism or choose me,” the people chose Sukarno and the communist threat was quelled.

In the post WWII cold war climate this brought praise from the American's who threatened to cut off the Marshall Plan aid to the Dutch and in 1949 the Dutch finally ceded control and Indonesia was finally free from colonial rule. Sukarno was officially the first president of Indonesia and he remained in office until his 1967 fall from grace when the army took control of the country.

His years in power were marred by an economic slump brought on by his own miscalculations and his dream of Indonesian expansionism across S.E Asia. His speeches were still something to be in awe of and his quick mind delivered some of the finest one liners found by any statesman in Asian politics, so without further ado, this is my compilation of 20 of the best Sukarno quotes.

Quotes About Sukarno

The author Pramoedya Ananta Toer was impressed to say: "Sukarno was the only Asian leader of the modern era able to unify people of such differing ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds without shedding a drop of blood"

The scholar Donald Greenlees gave this assessment of the 1975 U.S. release of documents pertaining to the consideration to assassinate Sukarno: "Sukarno was a divisive figure. He had enemies at home. But it remains unclear whether the assassination attempts were simply coincidence, whether people cultivated by the CIA acted alone, or whether some in the CIA were entrepreneurial"

Professor Robert Cribb made this observation on the CIA plot against Sukarno: "What we are seeing is a little bit more evidence that the CIA was closer to planning an assassination. There doesn't seem to be evidence of a definite plot but there is serious discussion of an assassination"


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