“If there is a way to destruct a nation, it is when society uses racial distinctions to divide its own people.”
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Indonesia in Brief
Indonesia is a country located off the coast of Southeast Asia, in between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Officially known as the Republic of Indonesia, this country is the largest archipelago in the world, ranged from Sabang in Aceh to Merauke in Papua, which consists of 17,504 islands, 1,340 tribes, and 742 languages.
Indonesia’s national ideology is Pancasila with their motto Bhinneka Tunggal Eka or Unity in Diversity. Although Indonesia consisted of many ethnic groups each with their own culture, they had the values of Pancasila as a common denominator. Just like a family, nobody is similar and each has their differences. Nevertheless, they are all united as one big family. Each of Indonesian is different, one to another, but they are united in one nation. They are Different in their Unity and United in their Differences. (Perbedaan dalam Kesatuan, Kesatuan dalam Perbedaan).
West Papua Pluralism
West Papua is a home for more than 312 different tribes, including some unreachable ones. Papuan is categorized into Melanesian race. The name of Melanesia refers to the dark skin of the inhabitants, which is rich of melanin.
Indonesia is the home of 3 million Melanesian who live in the five Indonesian provinces: East Nusa Tenggara, Papua, West Papua, Maluku, and North Maluku.
The Government of Indonesia recognized Papuan’s Melanesian identity through Law No. 21/2001 on the Papua Province Special Autonomy. They are considered to be a part of the culturally and multi-ethnically diverse nation of Indonesia. Indonesia is one of the world’s largest and most diverse nation. They are all Indonesians and they are all equal before the Indonesian law. In short, the Melanesian identity was a blessing to Indonesia’s Bhinneka Tunggal Ika.