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Shvoong Home>Books>Biographies>The Wives of Sukarno (1st President of Indonesia) Review

The Wives of Sukarno (1st President of Indonesia)

Book Review   by:primira     Original Author: Reni Nurhayati and Friends
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Sukarno, the first president of Indonesia Republic, is one great leader figure among Indonesian citizens. His strong charisma and leadership spirit might still be witnessed by some people who had been living at time of Sukarno ruled. This charm has made many women fell to the arms of the leader of Indonesian Proclamation. As a record, Sukarno hadbeen married to nine women. At the end of his life, some were status as ex-wives and some other was still legal wives.
Sukarno is indeed a lover and woman admirer. Like a wild bee flying from one flower to another, that is how he is. However, Sukarno was not a hypocrite after all. On his interview with Cindy Adams, his autobiography writer, frankly he said, "I am a very physical man. I must have sex everyday."
Reni Nurhayati, the author, sees that none of Sukarno's wives who are not beautiful. To Bambang Widjanarko, his eight-years personal assistant, he spoke, "Yes, I love to see beautiful women. I will feel more guilty if I pretend by saying no or act as if I don't like them. To pretend is hypocrite and I don't like to become one." At the different moment he also said, "I honor the Big Prophet (Mohammed SAW). I study his words carefully. So, the moral for me: it is not a sin or impolite if someone admires a beautiful woman. And I am not ashamed to do so, because by doing it basically I admire God and His creations."
Siti Utari Tjokroaminoto, Inggit Ganarsih, Fatmawati, Hartini, Kartini Manopo, Naoko Nemoto whose later changed her name as Ratnasari Dewi, Haryati, Yurike Sanger, and Heldy Djafar, those are the list of Sukarno's women. Love is blind and limitless by age, that is the fact in Sukarno's romance with some of those beautiful women. Start with Inggit Ganarsih who was 15 years older than him, to Heldy Djafar who was 46 years younger, all spelled by the charm of Sukarno. For him, the happiness in marriage will only be accomplished when the wife has represented herself as a mother, lover and friend. This might be the reason why he was always as romantic to either his older or younger wives. He somehow could make his wives feel that they were the only woman in his life.
Sukarno's specialty in taking a woman's heart is a no doubt. Love letters, flattering, and his typical gentleman attitude are memorable to his wives. Some of them can still retell the letters and seductions that made crazy in love with the former president even the ex-wives who has married again to the other one. So many predicate that people gave to Sukarno regarding this talent of his. Among those are Arjuna, Casanova , and Don Juan , while another foreign admirer called him A Great Lover. His love life had become the world spotlight, western press even cynically called him Le Grand Seducteur - cannot see a woman's skirt without lust.
However our judgement to Sukarno about his personal love life with his wives, he is still the history actor with high influence to Indonesia. Behind his fight for Indonesia, came forward some women names Inggit Ganarsih whom Sukarno hinself called as Indonesian Srikandi (Woman Hero) in front of public at Indonesian Congress in Surabaya, 1931 and Fatmawati who sewed the heritage flag a moment before Proclamation of Independence. Cannot tell how big his love is to wife and the others, but one thing for sure, that is his love to the motherland, Indonesia. Ratnasari Dewi, on the book "Bung Karno Bapakku, Guruku, Sahabatku, Pemimpinku: Kenangan 100 Tahun Bung Karno", said that the real Sukarno is a true hero who only loves his country.
Published: September 16, 2008   
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