IN During a pilgrimage to one of the sacred tombs in Purwakarta, we met an elderly ustadz whose house is in the area around the tomb. It’s okay for us to make pilgrimages if there are still elders who are still alive, we must meet them first before meeting the grave experts.
We introduce ourselves as devotees and state where we come from. Surprisingly, he responded by sorting out where our parents came from, which shows that he knows and understands us very well.
Then in the next session he asked about the efforts we have made to support our lives so far, until in the end our identity was revealed openly by a muhibbin he said that we are members of a political party.
As soon as he heard about political parties. He who is known to be far from political activities, especially political parties, immediately said that political parties are one of the instruments that often cause disputes, differences, divisions, and bad behavior at the community level, from the elite to the bottom line.
How surprised we are to hear his very apathetic and a priori opinion, is the image of politics and political parties in Indonesia so negative?
In fact, political parties are instruments of state life that must be included in the construction of our country’s constitution. There is no door for the power and management of the state in the executive and legislative spheres other than the door for political parties.
Since the independence of this republic, there have been various political parties fronted by national figures with various ideologies, ideals, and backgrounds that follow.
The Indonesian nation is a plural and heterogeneous nation, so it is natural that all elements of the nation have ideals, ideal conditions and vision and mission that cannot be separated from the framework of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia.
There is nothing wrong with the conditions of heterogeneity and plurality, instead they become a qualified resource for the potential of this nation to achieve mutual prosperity.
Nationalism, democracy, ideology, sectoral platforms, religion, professional segments unite in realizing a just, prosperous, prosperous Indonesian nation as the ideals of the 1945 Constitution.
Everyone can think and work hard based on their background and group to fill independence with their best work, there’s nothing wrong with that. Mistakes occur when all these backgrounds are used as weapons and campaigns by all parties and are not used as a basis for thinking and moving.
Back to our story above,
When he said that, we explained that our party is a party that has a platform and a vision and mission that departs from the ideological/aqidah values of ASWAJA. Therefore, we are indirectly obliged to maintain, practice and preserve these teachings. Without a word, he immediately said “include you in party management”!!!
We were pleasantly surprised by his quick response. Furthermore, we realize that closeness of thought, common understanding, broad insight can be an instrument and enthusiasm to move towards realizing a common goal. The elders and founders of this nation have done the same thing in the past.
In thinking and moving, they, the elders and founders of this nation, do not show their background identity. This is because they display common goals and achievements based on substantive understanding of Nationalism, democracy, ideology, sectoral platforms, religion, professional segments. As a result, identity politics is not a trigger for division, but rather a trigger for unity and integrity.
Contemporary developments and travel are filled with modernization, technology, and information acceleration. Things that are currently starting to obscure and make us uprooted from the heterogeneous and plural national identity. The proof is that currently there are many thoughts and movements that put forward and even tend to be fanatical about the basic identity of the group and do not prioritize the common platform and vision and mission.
The nation’s elders and founding fathers do not talk about sectoral nationalism when they talk about independence. They don’t talk about religion when they talk about the common good, they don’t talk about democracy when they talk about good deliberation and they don’t talk about sectoral and professional in terms of thinking and moving together.
That is the substance of the gait and political movement exemplified by this nation’s founding fathers. And in fact they have passed down the value and qualified resources to their successors with a thorough understanding. (*)
By: Sona Maulida Roemardhie
*) Chairman of the DPC PKB Purwakarta