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India Indonesia Legacy of Intimate Encounters

by: Gautam Kumar Jha , Son Kuswadi

Evidences suggest that India and Indonesia were in trade relations for many millennia, starting from 3500 bce. Indonesia got all three religions — Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam — from India. There were ups and downs in their relations. This volume vividly talks about topics that foster(ed) mutual relations such as culture, religion, language, traditions and education.

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ISBN: 9788192611471
Year Of Publication: 2016
Edition: 1st edition
Pages : xiv, 248 p.
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: Suryodaya Books
Size: 23
Weight: 500

Overview

Evidences suggest that India and Indonesia were in trade relations for many millennia, starting from 3500 bce. Suvarnabhumi (Sumatra) is mentioned in Jatakas, Indian epics and Mahavamsa, though there is no sequential documentation of it. The trade relations paved the way for Bali importing Indian pottery, priests coming from India and getting absorbed into the Indonesian society and the Indian traders and priests marrying the locals and settling there, thus spreading Hinduism and Indian culture throughout Java, Bali and Sumatra. Indonesia thus got all three religions — Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam — from India.
The historical and civilizational relations continued till the sixteenth century ce. The Western colonization drive of Asian countries broke this long-stood relationship. Coming to the twentieth century, Indonesia and its leaders were highly inspired by the anti-colonial views of Indian leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Vallabhbhai Patel and Rabindranath Tagore, and India extended her moral support to the freedom struggle of Indonesia. But during the post-colonial era, the bilateral relations between both the countries were incoherent. The Look East Policy of India in the 1990s rejuvenated the relations and Indonesia became one of the greatest allies in fulfilling India’s South-East Asia Policy.
The scholarly articles in this volume vividly talk about topics that foster(ed) mutual relations such as culture, religion, language, traditions, education and so on, keenly drawing the attention of policy makers, trade analysts, cultural enthusiasts, investors, among a wide range of audience.

Contents

Preface
Message
— Rizali W. Indrakesuma, His Excellency, the Ambassador of Republic of Indonesia
1. When the Elders Faced God: State Policy and Theravada Revival in Indonesia
— Saumyajit Ray
2. The Typological Characteristics of Bahasa
Indonesia
— Pradeep Kumar Das
3. Culture, Not Cash-based Tourism: A Case Study of Bali, Indonesia
— Gautam Kumar Jha
4. The Palm Leaves Balinese Calendar: Reflection of Cultural Ties between India and Indonesia
— Bachchan Kumar
5. The Rituals in Javanese Mystical Movement: The Subud Brotherhood
— Asfa Widiyanto
6. Hinduism and Rituals in Bali
— Gautam Kumar Jha
7. Monuments in Indonesia as Sites of Nation Building
— A.S. Gayathiri
8. Impression of Indian Culture on Indonesian Dances
— Laxman Singh
9. Colonial Legacy of Education in Ind(ones)ia
— Kashyap Deep’ak
10. From Arabian Trade to Peaceful Coexistence: Journey of Islam in India and Indonesia
— Mohammad Saleem
11. Wayang Kulit: An Extraordinary Art of Indonesia
— Raveesh Rajanya
12. Rabindranath Tagore and Ki Hajar Dewantara
— Supardi
13. Understanding Various Nuances of Languages and Linguistic Diversity in Indonesia and India: A Systemic Functional Perspective on Language as Social Semiotics
— Susanto
14. Hinduism in Indonesia: A Historical Study of Religio-Cultural Cross-Fertilization in Ancient Traditions
— Umesh Kumar Khute
15. A Comparative Discourse on Muslim and Hindu Preaching Texts
— Hammam
16. ­­­­­­Revisiting Tagore’s Java Journey: A Tour Undertaken to Explore and Restore Lost Ties
— Anurima Chanda and Siddhartha Chakraborti
17. Budaya Kesantunan Berbahasa Dalam Pembelajaran di Kelas: Penelitian Etnografi Komunikasi di Jurusan Bahasa dan Sastra Indonesia, Universitas Negeri Jakarta
— Muhammad Yazid A.R. Gege
List of Contributors

Meet the Author
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Dr Gautam Kumar Jha teaches Bahasa Indonesia at the Centre for Chinese & Southeast Asian Studies, School of Languages and Literature, JNU. He did his Ph.D. from JNU. He is a recipient of National Level Awards and Token of Appreciation from Indonesian Minister of Commerce for disseminating Indonesian language and culture in India. His first book Pan-Islam and Indonesia: Indonesian Islam through the Ages was published in 2012. He has contributed several articles related to Indonesian affairs, language and culture to newspapers and journals, and edited books. He has been instrumental in various academic collaborations and agreements between Indonesian universities and JNU.
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Dr Son Kuswadi has a his doctorate in Robotics from Tokyo Institute of Technology. He was Post-Doctoral fellow and Assistant Professor in Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan during 2003-05. Currently he is teaching Control Engineering and Robotics at Graduate School of Electronic Engineering Polytechnics Institute of Surabaya (EEPIS). He was the Secretary to the Minister of Communication and Information Technology (2008-09) and as the Special Adviser to the Minister of National Education (2009-10). He was appointed as the Education Attaché at Indonesian Mission in New Delhi during 2011-14.
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