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In the world's most populous Muslim nation, Indonesia's founding father and first president, Sukarno's daughter converted into Hinduism from Islam

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In the world's most populous Muslim nation, Indonesia's founding father and first president, Sukarno's daughter on Tuesday converted into Hinduism from Islam.

Sukmawati Sukarnoputri, 69, converted into Hinduism in a ritual called 'Sudhi Wadani' as the ceremony happened at the Sukarno Centre Heritage Area in Bali's Buleleng Regency.

The main religion followed in Bali is Hinduism, however, it is different from the Hindu religion practised in India. Sukmawati's grandmother Ida Ayu Nyoman Rai Srimben, who is Balinese, played a major role in influencing the 69-year-old's decision to convert to Hinduism.

Sukmawati's lawyer, while informing about Sukmawati’s decision, said that the 69-year-old has extensive knowledge of all rituals of Hindu theology as well as doctrines.

A friend of Sukmawati's, who told the South China Morning Post that her relatives gave their blessings for the conversion, said that process was a “demonstration of courage”. The friend said that the conversion demonstrates a shining example of the Sukarno family’s “religious tolerance”.


The 69-year-old had been interested in the Hindu religion for the last 20 years and has read the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, the two great Indian epics, the friend said.

Sukmawati's parents played a major role in the independence of Indonesia from the Dutch and Sukarno, her father, became the first president of the nation after Indonesia was declared independent in 1945. He served for 22 years and was deposed in 1967.

In 2018, the 69-year-old had called herself a “proud Muslim” after she was accused of blasphemy for reciting a poem at a fashion event that purportedly insulted the hijab and call to prayer.

 

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This could get her in world of trouble in Indonesia. The lest religion people convert into the world is Hindusim because it is polytheistic not monotheistic. This in itself is heretic with 33million gods in Hinduism
Nope, it is normal, any way she doesnt have political power in Indonesia. Soekarno power goes into Megawati Soekarno Putri and her daughter, Puan Maharani.

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Soekarno wife, Fatmawati, comes from Sumatra and coming from Muhammadiyah family


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Sukmawati only son is still Muslim

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Nope, it is normal, any way she doesnt have political power in Indonesia. Soekarno power goes into Megawati Soekarno Putri and her daughter, Puan Maharani.

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Soekarno wife, Fatmawati, comes from Sumatra and coming from Muhammadiyah family


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Sukmawati only son is still Muslim

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Sounds political to me, like a drama queen. People without faith are like that. Three years ago she said she is a proud Muslim, thus it is a valid question to ask, what changes she made to her belief since then? Does she think there is no God now? Or there are many gods now?
 

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Sounds political to me, like a drama queen. People without faith are like that. Three years ago she said she is a proud Muslim, thus it is a valid question to ask, what changes she made to her belief since then? Does she think there is no God now? Or there are many gods now?
Sukmawati mother, Fatmawati, comes from Sumatra and has strong Islamic blood since her mother family is Muhammadiyah activist ( You can call this conservative Islam with strong influence of Wahabi despite also has Islamic modernism influence, this is why Muhammadiyah doesnt make Madrasah, but modern schools and universities with more Islamic studies than state owned/public schools)

Soekarno grandmother is Hindu and this is where I think she has some kind of relation with Hinduism. Soekarno comes from East Java and he also has relative in Bali island.

Central Java and East Java is the last region to get converted into Islam, while Sumatra is the first since it is next to Malacca Straits where Arabic traders were many. This is why during Soekarno regime, many Communist comes from East Java, East Java is close to Bali though.

After Soeharto get the power in 1967, there is Islamization in Central Java and East Java, many mosques were built and we see now many Javanese wear hijab as well, but strongest Muslim are in Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Jakarta, Banten province, and West Java province.

Central Java and East Java is the power of PDI-P party where this party is regarded as nationalist where the strongest is in East Java.

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Indonesia ideology is Pancasila where first principle is Tauhid, this is the ideology that become a compromise of 2 strong powers in Indonesia, Islamist and Nationalist.

Hindu in Indonesia is rather different with Hindu in India, they have caste system as well, but more toward Monotheism than in India.

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After Indonesia gained its independence from Dutch colonial rule, it officially recognized only monotheistic religions under pressure from political Islam. Further, Indonesia required an individual to have a religion to gain full Indonesian citizenship rights, and officially Indonesia did not recognize Hindus.[42] It considered Hindus as orang yang belum beragama (people without religion), and as those who must be converted.[43] In 1952, the Indonesian Ministry of Religion declared Bali and other islands with Hindus as needing a systematic campaign of proselytization to accept Islam. The local government of Bali, shocked by this official national policy, declared itself an autonomous religious area in 1953. The Balinese government also reached out to India and former Dutch colonial officials for diplomatic and human rights support.[44] A series of student and cultural exchange initiatives between Bali and India helped formulate the core principles behind Balinese Hinduism (Catur Veda, Upanishad, Puranas, Itihasa). In particular, the political self-determination movement in Bali in mid 1950s led to a non-violent passive resistance movement and the joint petition of 1958 which demanded Indonesian government recognize Hindu Dharma.[45] This joint petition quoted the following Sanskrit mantra from Hindu scriptures,[46]

Om tat sat ekam eva advitiyam

Translation: Om, thus is the essence of the all prevading, infinite, undivided one.
— Joint petition by Hindus of Bali, 14 June 1958
The petition's focus on the "undivided one" was to satisfy the constitutional requirement that Indonesian citizens have a monotheistic belief in one God. The petitioners identified Ida Sanghyang Widhi Wasa as the undivided one. In the Balinese language this term has two meanings: the Divine ruler of the Universe and the Divine Absolute Cosmic Law. This creative phrase met the monotheistic requirement of the Indonesian Ministry of Religion in the former sense, while the latter sense of its meaning preserved the central ideas of dharma in ancient scripts of Hinduism.[47] In 1959, Indonesian President Sukarno supported the petition and a Hindu-Balinese Affairs section was officially launched within the Ministry of Religion.[48]

 
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Soeharto family in the mean time has more Islamic vibe than Soekarno family

Soeharto sons and daughters. Soeharto comes from Central Java. The picture taken when Soeharto has been retired. Something different with other nations, Indonesian respects their great leaders, regardless Soekarno or Soeharto, none send to the prison when regime change happen, This is good to make political stability for our nation.

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Wow Maharani means “Great queen” in Tamil
I believe it comes from Sangkrit and Tamil also has Sangkrit words as well.

Maha is great right ? It is still being used in modern Indonesian language, but we say Ratu for Queen, but Rani is still being used to name our daughter.

This women name is Rani Pancarani, Panca is also Sangkrit word right ? Panca is fifth/Five and most probably she is the fifth daughter of her parents

 
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Hindu in Indonesia is rather different with Hindu in India, they have caste system as well, but more toward Monotheism than in India...constitutional requirement that Indonesian citizens have a monotheistic belief in one God
Original Veda Hindustani belief (not Hindu) is strictly Monotheist. In any case, the government should not manage the belief of individuals. I understand the difficulty Indonesian government had in recognizing Hinduism as a religion because it is essentially a culture of idolatry based on a later idea that the Divine Creator and the physical universe are identical [Shirk association]. This is theologically called Pantheism.

However, humans have been given freedom to believe or to disbelieve, and Allah is the Judge of their freewill.

Quran 64-2 It is He who created you, and among you is the disbeliever, and among you is the believer. And Allah, of what you do, is Seeing.

Quran 6-107 But if Allah had willed, they would not have associated. And We have not appointed you over them as a guardian, nor are you a manager over them.
 
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Sukmawati Sukarnoputri, 69, converted into Hinduism in a ritual called 'Sudhi Wadani' as the ceremony happened at the Sukarno Centre Heritage Area in Bali's Buleleng Regency.
69....the ripe age a senile person can do senile stuff. :lol:


Nothing against other people of the age group that haven't gone senile.....more power to you! :enjoy:
Doesn't matter to the world. Her choice.
Why this thread was made to inform us is beyond me. :rolleyes:
 

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Hindu people is basically people from East Java, they are the remnant of Majapahit kingdom which is the biggest SEA empire where the Kingdom spans from Indonesia into Malaysia, Philippine, and Thailand.

Majapahit from East Java ( Soekarno origin) is defeated by Islamic Sultanate from Central Java ( Soeharto origin) and they migrate to Bali island.

So far East Java is famous as being more aggressive than Central Java where the people in Central Java is famous as calm and very patience. Soekarno is aggressive leader while Soeharto is calm, we can see if they do speech. Each is needed in Republic as more aggressive Soekarno is good during Revolution time despite diplomacy was lead by Islamist power (Masyumi) where West Sumatran leaders become main leaders there. This is because Indonesia was using parliamentary system until 1959.

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is coming from Central Java and he makes coalition with Islamist party during his administration (2004-2014)

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Jokowi is also from Central Java

Strongest Presidential candidate in 2024 election also comes from Central Java

Ganjar Pranowo and his wife

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Puan Maharani will be the Queen of Soekarno political power but she is actually more Sumatran than Javanese. Her grand mother is Sumatran and her father is also coming from Sumatra

Puan Maharani

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religion should be by choice, so it's her choice, we are all (majority) muslims by birth Allhamdullilah but if someone wants to change i think it's their choice, all i can say is that Allah hidayat dai
 
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religion should be by choice, so it's her choice, we are all (majority) muslims by birth Allhamdullilah but if someone wants to change i think it's their choice, all i can say is that Allah hidayat dai
Ultimately, it is about belief, disbelief and deeds on the Day of Judgement. No religious labels.
 

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Interesting that it's legal to leave Islam and convert in Indonesia. A lot of Islamic countries have strict laws that forbid a muslim from doing so, Pakistan too if I'm not wrong ?
 

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Interesting that it's legal to leave Islam and convert in Indonesia. A lot of Islamic countries have strict laws that forbid a muslim from doing so, Pakistan too if I'm not wrong ?
It is legal, when Ahok married Native Indonesian, Puput, no body protest it. Puput was Muslim before. She is police officer who guard previous Ahok wife ( now divorce)

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In other hand Christian also converted to Islam.

Dian Sastrowardoyo, formerly Christian Javanese, also converted into Islam and marriage Muslim businessmen

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