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I do not believe in war. I do not want to be burried under any flag. I want to be remembered for my dreams. When i died, i want Nelson Mandela's words on my tombstone "A winner is a dreamer who never gives up. Raditya Putranti Darningtyas. A WINNER"

Thursday, 23 February 2017

I Loved You

I loved you
To the point of madness
To the point of suffocation
Till i
No longer am in love with life
Till i
Know no more of myself
Till i
Am able to look at you again
And said
“Fuck off”

Balikpapan, Monday Jan 18th 2016  8.43 AM

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Comparative Analysis on Political Economy Development in Indonesia (during Soeharto’s regime) and Singapore (during Lee Kwan Yew’s regime)

Raditya Putranti Darningtyas
International Relations, Universitas Gadjah Mada
Government and Politics of South East Asia
Finals Essay Assignment:

            Indonesia has experienced its major economic development during Soeharto’s regime.[1] After previous leader Soekarno infamously rejected foreign aid by telling United States to “go to hell with your aid”[2] and opted for a more nationalistic economy approach, Soeharto’s regime decide to differentiate itself by allying with the West in the cold war thus resulting into Western states granting Indonesia with a massive aid package. With the limitless availability of foreign aid, policy reform to open up foreign direct investment, and access to utilize resources that had previously been nationalized, Soeharto was able to bring Indonesia’s economy out of crisis post 1965 Coup, brought about rapid economic growth and overall development on our political economy. Meanwhile, Singapore who suffered the similar problem of lacking infrastructure and limited capital at the beginning of its independence was also able to crawl out of crisis and enjoyed rapid economic growth under several policies carried out under Lee Kwan Yew’s administration. Although both state undergone seemingly similar policy reforms (implementing authoritarian government and open up more to foreign investment) and both aims to achieve political economic development, the way both government tried to achieve this goal differ greatly from each other.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Global Gag Rules; A Case of Mansplaining in International Relations

Raditya Putranti Darningtyas 
International Relations, Universitas Gadjah Mada
Gender and Politics Studies : Mansplaining

"As long as you live you'll never see a photograph of 7 women signing legislation about what men can do with their reproductive organs. " Martin Belam

        The term ‘mansplaining’ has raised several definitions in gender discourse. In my essay, I will define mansplaining as the act of explaining without regard to the fact that the explainee knows more than the explainer, often done by a man to a woman in a condescending manner. This condescending manner may result from overconfidence and cluelessness that is often possessed by a man when they want to assert their superiority over their female counterparts. One example of mansplaining in International Relations would be the reinstatement of global gag rule or New Mexico Policy by US President Donald Trump’s administration. Global Gag Rule withholds USAid funding from any overseas family planning organization that offers or provides information about abortions. The regulations also affects civil society programs, such as contraception provision, and campaigns for LGBT communities and teenage girls. Work to combat HIV and Aids, cervical cancer and Zika will most likely suffer as well.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Movie Critical Review : The Great Debaters

by : Raditya Putranti Darningtyas
International Relations, Universitas Gadjah Mada

            Starred and directed by Denzel Washington, The Great Debaters is a drama movie set in southern America, Texas in 1935 during The Great Depression. Despite some alteration in setting and characters, this movie is based on a true story written in an article about a historically black Wiley College debate team by Tony Scherman for the 1997 Spring issue of American Legacy. The plot revolves around Melvin B. Tolson, a debate coach for Wiley College Forensic Society in the 1930s who were also a lecturer and a renowned poet, in his effort to help advancing his debate team so that his team can be equal with whites in the American South. His team consisted of James Farmer Jr. (a fourteen years old who would later in real life co-founded Congress of Racial Equality and become one of the civil right movement leader in US), Henry Lowe (a rebellious yet intelligent young man who later become the captain of the team), and Samantha Booke (the only female in 1930 Wiley debate team based on the real individual Henrietta Bell Wells who participated in the first collegiate interracial debate in the United States and a poet whose papers are housed at the Library of Congress).

Friday, 20 January 2017

Time Machine

Introduction to Peace Studies
Assignment : Time Machine

            I remember when I got into middle school; it was the first time i met and got to know someone who was not Indonesian. I was probably 13 and he was 19 at the time. His name was Zakareya and he was an Egyptian. He told me he was a student majoring in geography though he claimed that his passion had always been computer programming. He lived in Alexandria, Egypt and honestly he was the wisest person I knew at that time. Being a confused teenager with rage and very little to no clue on life, he was a big help and a huge part of me growing up into an adult. He then went back to Alexandria and we remained in touch with each other. I remember went on yahoo messenger almost every night to talk to him. I remember him complaining about lots of things happening in his country. From poverty, to his government, and everything. I was still not that well read on International issues at time so I took his complaining as just ‘Zack being grumpy about everything’ so I did not think about it that much.

Dilema Pemenuhan Hak Ekonomi dan Budaya di Indonesia. Studi Kasus : Sengketa Masyarakat Sedulur Sikep Melawan P.T. Semen Indonesia Tbk.

Raditya Putranti Darningtyas
Hubungan Internasional, UGM
Ditulis untuk memenuhi Tugas Akhir Pengantar Studi HAM

Dilema Pemenuhan Hak Ekonomi dan Budaya di Indonesia.
Studi Kasus : Sengketa Masyarakat Sedulur Sikep Melawan P.T. Semen Indonesia Tbk.

            Isu HAM sebagai suatu ide pemikiran merupakan suatu konsep yang kompleks dan kerap kali membuka ruang perdebatan dan dilema baik di level prinsip maupun tahap implementasinya di lapangan. Salah satu contoh perdebatan klasik seputar isu HAM adalah apakah HAM bersifat universal atau relatif. Konsep HAM yang ada saat ini disebut sebagai perwujudan prinsip dan nilai-nilai yang bersifat universal dan sudah sewajarnya dijunjung tinggi oleh seluruh umat manusia tanpa memandang ras, agama, kebangsaan maupun identitas lainnya. Namun sifat keuniversalan ini kerap kali mendapat counter arguments di level praktikal dikarenakan adanya relativitas budaya di masing-masing negara yang kemudian menghadirkan perspektif yang beragam. Keberagaman perspektif dan pemahaman ini kemudia menghadirkan bentuk implementasi yang beragam menyesuaikan dengan nilai-nilai lokal yang berlaku dan bertolak ukur pada nilai budaya setempat. Sebagai contoh, fenomena ini mengarahkan pada kecenderungan derogasi dan hak reservasi bagi negara-negara dalam memodifikasi tanggungjawab pemgimplementasian HAM.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Memo to President : Addressing the Rise of Religious Intolerance in Indonesia

International Relations, Universitas Gadjah Mada
Strategy Final Assignment
TO                  : Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia
FROM            : Raditya Putranti Darningtyas, Analyst
DATE             : 22 December 2016
SUBJECT      : Addressing the Rise of Religious Intolerance in Indonesia
Situation regarding the growing number of violent confrontation against religious minorities in Indonesia is at a crisis stage.  Violent attacks have been directed at various religious groups such as Ahmadis, Shiites, Christian, and Buddhist by Muslim vigilante and extremist groups.  On the other hand, Muslims have also been the victims of intolerant acts in provinces where they are not the majority like what happened in Tolikara, Papua when Christian mob attacked several mosques last year. I propose two major reforms to alleviate the problem of religious intolerance. First, we need to reevaluate several proposals from Government such as the Indonesian Ministry of Religious Affairs’ Religious Harmony Bill (RUU Kerukunan Beragama), and cancel any local perda that promote religious discrimination. Second, we need to create contending narratives against intolerance and encourage more interfaith interaction especially among local community representatives and youth through campaigns and education.