25November2017

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THE SPIRIT OF YOUTH PLEDGE, THE SPIRIT OF FEARLESS TO UNIFIED

The Youth Pledge is one of the major milestones in the history of Indonesia's independence movement. The oath that was declared 89 years ago at the Second Youth Congress on 28 October 1928 was regarded as a crystallization of the spirit to affirm the ideals of the establishment of Indonesia. The Youth Pledge is a decision that affirms the ideals of having one country, one nation and one language, Indonesia.

The history records, the struggle of the Indonesian nation to be free from colonialism and achieve independence was done in various ways. At the beginning of the Dutch colonialism, Indonesian people did a physical struggle with arms and it was done locally. Every area fought separately to liberate their own territory from colonialism.

Along with the era development, the physical struggle has turned into non-physical struggle, namely the struggle through regional youth movement such as Jong Java (Javanese Youth), Jong Sumatra (Sumatra Youth), Jong Batavia (Batavian Youth), Jong Celebes (Sulawesi Youth), Jong Ambon (Ambonese Youth), etc.

The 2nd Youth Congress in 1928 has succeeded in uniting the local youth organizations into Indonesian youth and resulting the Youth Pledge, one country, one nation and upholding the unitary language: Indonesia.

The Youth Congress organized by youth associations throughout Indonesia has proved that the youths at that time dared to unite. They are from different regions, tribes and religions, but they dared to abandon their regional ego. They did not struggle for the region, but for the sake of the establishment of Indonesia. Differences are not an obstacle to achieve the ideals and advance Indonesia. Precisely, differences are the main capital of Indonesia to move forward.

Indonesian youth today should increasingly strengthen the unity and abandon their egoism in terms of regions or ethnicity, religions, races, etc. Because with unity, it has been proven that the Indonesian people have managed to achieve its independence. Indonesian youth today should be more creative and advanced than the youth 89 years ago and they should be more determined themselves to be fearless to unified.

 

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