KPA and IISIP Association of Political Students Organized Agrarian Reform Discussion

Jakarta ( – Association of Political Students (Himapol) of IISIP Jakarta organized a public discussion themed “Agrarian Politic in Indonesia: Implementation and Consequences” on Monday, April 29th 2019.

Moderated by the Secretary of Himapol of 2018-2019, Muhammad Indhi, Himapol invites the Secretary General of Consortium for Agrarian Reform (KPA), Dewi Kartika as resource person.

Chairman of Himapol IISIP Jakarta, Casa Sulthan Mulya said that the public discussion is a routine agenda that must be organized in order to provide more insights to the IISIP Jakarta Students regarding current events.

“Through this activity, we wanted to invite our university student friends to perceive the occurred phenomenon from academic point of view. Based on the data and facts, through objective and comprehensive study,” explained Casa in the location of discussion, Auditorium Building of the IISIP Jakarta College.

According to this 6th Semester College Student, agrarian politics were raised as the theme of discussion in order to make the students aware of the agrarian injustices that are commonly occurs in Indonesia.

With agrarian awareness, the students were expected to be more concern and brave to help the countrymates in trouble.

“We need to affirm that these agrarian issues are not the issues for peasants only. While the collective problems whose solutions must be found together,” he stressed.

Secretary General of Consortium for Agrarian Reform, Dewi Kartika appreciated the initiative of Himapol in organizing this discussion. She assessed, the struggle to actualize agrarian reform requires the cooperation of all elements, including university students as part of the young generation.

“We expected, that these kinds of forums are effective to establish communications between university students on campus with activists and civil society movements in the field,” said Dewi.

She agreed that the agrarian injustices aren’t only the issues for the peasants, fisherfolks or other groups within society whom are directly affected.

Even the younger generations who lives faraway from conflict locations also possess an important role in alleviating poverty and empowering Agrarian Reform movements.

The role of youth can begin with studying and understanding agrarian problems then, starting to build solidarity to fight against injustice.

Therefore, our youth friends may be a part of young generations who encourages reforms. Even, providing assistance and organizing the people in order to demand justice,” added Dewi.

In her presentation, Dewi portrays that Indonesia is currently struck by the chronic, massive and systemic agrarian crisis.

Based on the KPA’s Annual End of Year Notes (Catatan Akhir Tahun/Catahu), in 2018 it was recorded that there are 410 agrarian conflict eruptions all over Indonesia on 807.177,613 Hectares of lands, involving 87.568 peasant households.

“These data shows that Indonesia is currently facing chronic, massive and systemic agrarian crisis in the form of inequality of agrarian structure, agrarian structural conflicts and ecological destruction,” affirmed Dewi.

As the solutions, she requested that the government must redirect the orientation of agrarian politic policies toward the spirit of constitutions and Undang-undang Pokok Agraria 1960/UUPA 1960 (Basic Agrarian Law of 1960)  

“Obliging the State to manage land ownership and pilot its usage until all the lands throughout the nations’ sovereignty be utilized as much as possible for the people’s prosperity, be it individually or cooperatively” said Dewi, quoting the content of UUPA 1960

Dewi admits that agrarian issue is a mainstream one, even sometimes incorrectly identified with the ideology and Communist Party, although Agrarian Reform is a concrete physical form of social justice which is in the 5th principle of Pancasila.

Therefore, Dewi advices the Himapol and other youth/university student organizations to organize similar discussion routinely.

“Hopefully, that way we could socialize the Agrarian Reform agenda, also expand the young generation critical thinking on the agrarian injustice occurred,” She concuded.

On separate occasion, Head of KPA Campaign & Knowledge Management Department, Benni Wijaya stated that this discussion is in line with the purpose of KPA.

In KPA, we also have this routine discussion agenda with several universities & colleges, not only in Jakarta, but also in other regions & provinces. The purpose is how the discourses of agrarian reform to be expanded especially on groups of campus and academician,” he said.

It is really required, because no matter what the campus and its students are one of the important element that will support the struggle of agrarian reform in the future.

Our expectation is that this cooperation does not end in just discussion stage, but there should be some kind of follow-up to it. At the very least, the establishing of discussion groups in every campus we’ve invited to cooperate,” he added.

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