"I accept catholic beyond the across and across of India and I accept not apparent one getting who is a beggar, who is a thief. Such abundance I accept apparent in this country, such top moral values, humans of such caliber, that I do not anticipate we would anytime beat this country, unless we breach the actual courage of this nation, which is her airy and cultural heritage, and, therefore, I adduce that we alter her old and age-old apprenticeship system, her culture, for if the Indians anticipate that all that is adopted and English is acceptable and greater than their own, they will lose their self-esteem, their built-in self-culture and they will become what we ambition them, a absolutely bedeviled nation."
These "are" the words of Lord Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800-1859), affiliate of the administering board of the East India Company from 1834 to 1838, excerpted from his accent delivered on Feb. 2, 1835. Reading these words about two centuries later, I apprehend that Lord Macaulay is not dead. Hence, my use of "are" and not "were." His account are still alive. He still has a ample afterward all over the world.
A actual baby acquaintance of abundance tells me that absolutely the alleged Indian Dominion beneath the British Rule was built-in in 1835 with Lord Macaulay arena the role of midwife. Macaulay attacked the actual foundations of the age-old Indian civilization, and he was successful.
How abounding of us in Indonesia apprehend that the aforementioned is accident to us, in this avant-garde age? We are amidst by not one or two, but a aggregation of Macaulays. The alone aberration being: the acclaimed or abominable Macaulay of old was English, white, and accordingly calmly distinguishable. Now, the present brand of Macaulays comes in all colors and shades, whites, browns, reds, yellows and even blacks.
And, they are advancing our cultural roots and age-old acculturation from all sides. One of them, the wahabbis, which are accurate by the Saudi Monarchy, accept so acutely infiltrated our association and amusing system, that we are now abashed and clumsy to analyze airy ethics of adoration from religious radicalism. Some of our ministers, top officials, even aggressive cadre and political parties are getting "used" as their agents to advance us from within.
They are panicking and would leave no rock unturned to ensure they accept ascendancy over countries like ours
I accept a acquaintance in the Middle East, whose accessory is the Mufty, or Chief Ulema of one of the countries there. Commenting on the latest advance of contest in our country - from the fatwas issued by the Indonesian Board of Ulemas to the accretion radicalism and religious conduct accustomed to our accouchement - my baby Arab acquaintance has this to say:
"This is important [for] you [to] accept the affectation of the astern association in which we live. While I accept witnessed while active in Indonesia amidst you added of the tolerance, accepting of the other, the serenity, the acknowledgment for activity and nature, actuality in the Middle [East] I feel it is the complete adverse pole of your world! That is why I kept repeating how important it is to bottle your culture, attributes and values."
Alas, these actual cultural ethics are now admired "not in band with religion." Interestingly and absolutely unfortunately, humans who say so are feared by the present government, in animosity of the actuality that their institutions are adjourned by the accompaniment with aborigine money.
Recently, Prince Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan declared in Islamabad: "In the approaching the abundant admiral of the apple will be Asian, so the admiral of today would do able-bodied to advance in the humans of the Middle East to ensure that the new apple does not backpack with it the problems of the old."
Arabs like Prince Hassan and my acquaintance quoted aloft are accountable on fingertips. But all of them apprehend that they are active in a ailing society, and we in Indonesia are "importing" their affection and illness. We acceptable all kinds of baleful bacilli getting exported by them.
In an e-mail to a accepted friend, an Indonesian Muslim Activist, a name to account with, my Arab acquaintance added this to Prince Hassan's statement: "That is absolutely what I was afraid about if we talked about this beachcomber of [word omitted] and [word omitted] added brainless alien attitude of bent and narrow-mindedness! YOU SHOULD DECIDE WHAT KIND OF ISLAM IS SUITABLE FOR YOU. YOU WILL HAVE TO INFLUENCE THE OLD MUSLIM WORLD BY YOUR VALUES AND RICH TRADITION OF TOLERANCE, ACCEPTANCE OF THE OTHER, HUMILITY AND SIMPLICITY."
The basic belletrist are not my "improvement." I adduce the e-mail as it was written. I accept about deleted two words, which I apperceive would be acerb protested by "our" attenuated mindedness, that identifies adoration with alien attributes.
Indonesia is fast acceptable a culturally "dominated" nation, and our association is breaking because of it. The ability of the Saudis, the credo of wahabbis and the traditions of Arabia, which are not in band with our own, will boss a ample chunk. And, the bend shall absolutely accumulation from such domination.
I accept to echo already afresh that Saudi Arabia and added Middle Eastern countries are beneath than 100 years abroad from backbreaking their oil affluence and are now confronted with the achievability of amusing agitation due to the curtailment of aliment and apple-pie bubbler water.
They are already panicking. And, they would leave no rock unturned to ensure that they accept ascendancy over countries like ours to ensure their aliment supply.
I admiration if our admiral accept the intelligence to accept this point.
I benevolence one of our top admiral who proposed what he termed as "religious tourism" for the humans of the Middle East. What tourism? They are already confronted with the affair of their survival.
Meanwhile, as we face a all-around banking crisis and a athirst mob that is aggravating to boss us, we are active spending on the accessible elections.
Do we accept the money for that? Where is the money advancing from? Those who would like to bind us will acquiescently accommodate us the money adjoin some favors.
Perhaps some of our admiral do apprehend this, appropriately their efforts to access revenues from taxes and government bonds, even application religious agreement to attraction our not-so-intelligent masses who are calmly affected by religious sentiments.
Friends, we are active in actual alarming times. Our ability is at stake. I wish, I hope, I adjure that our administration is acquainted of this and astute abundant to accord with the situation.
Note: This commodity was appear on The Jakarta Post