Dissemination of Radicalism on Campus

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A seminar on Tolerance and Anti-Violence Campaign in Student Center Hall Campus C UNAIR on Thursday, March 24. (Photo: UNAIR NEWS)

UNAIR NEWS – Indonesia is a multi-cultural country. One thing acknowledged by other countries is the peaceful life of hundreds tribes in Indonesia. But, this peace has been tested many times.

A doctrine which considers an individual or a group as the absolute authority is a threat to Indonesian unity. Separatism and radicalism will always be around but there is also a former separatist who has left the doctrine or ideology.

Regarding the matter, Police Science Research Center, Postgraduate School, Universitas Indonesia held a roadshow on Tolerance and Anti-Violence Campaign in ten popular universities. In Universitas Airlangga, this seminar was held in Student Center Hall Campus C UNAIR on Thursday, March 24.

The speakers in the seminar were Prof. Sarlito Wirawan Sarwono as a professor of social psychology UI and  Yusuf Harris as the former member of Jamaah Islamiyah. It was attended by many students from many faculties of UNAIR.

In the seminar, Harris told about his first encounter with JI. He joined JI when he was at college. As any other radical movements, he was brainwashed by his seniors. After years with them and had military trainings, he decided to leave JI.

Harris explained how this radical movement trained its members.  It was all started in campus. He suggested students to always communicate with other fellow students.

“My suggestion, when you (students) are recruited, keep communication with others. Don’t keep it to yourself. Ask for your friends opinion,” said Harris.

Some UNAIR students admitted that campus is the ground for the recruitments. In the process, the students are indoctrinated by radicalism such as caliphate system.

In response to the students’ story, Prof. Sarlito hoped that students always have critical way of thinking and strengthen their belief to prevent radicalism. However, radicalism is like an unbroken chain.

“If we don’t have critical views, we will be carried away by those doctrines,” said Prof. Sarlito.

Prof. Sarlito also critized the issue of ‘heathenizing’ and many regulations from the government and the society. He did not agree if the leader’s performance is considered to be  poor because the leader does not have the same belief with the criticizing community. (*)

Author: Defrina Sukma S
Editor: Rio F. Rachman

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