Dear members and friends
Jakarta governor 'Ahok' has been swepted from office on a tide of religious hatred. But was there more to his significant loss than just religious conservatism and hatred?
Max Walden from the Asia Journal writes that other factors contributed to the loss by 'Ahok':
"It wasn't just religious hatred that that cost 'Ahok' the Jakarta vote "
But Professor Tim Lindsey is in no doubt on the prime reasons for the defeat of 'Ahok' and looks at the implications for a nation that prides itself on religious pluralism and tolerance.
"Jakarta elections a very bad look for Indonesia"
Our Indonesia Institute president, Ross Taylor also asks if the outcome of the election is a defining moment for a post Soeharto Indonesia?
We are also privileged to have a comment from Richard Woolcott AC on this matter and his words lead this week's Blog',
What do you think? Please add your comments and tell us your views.
Next weekend we will change the theme to education and an also interesting piece by Surabaya-based journalist Duncan Graham. More on that later.
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24th April 2017