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Prabowo the Patriot: Indonesia presidential hopeful produces propaganda flop

By Thu, Apr 24, 2014 12:55PM UTC View Comments Prabowo the Patriot: Indonesia presidential hopeful produces propaganda flop

In recent times Prabowo Subianto's presidential campaign has often manifested as a peculiar spectacle, characterised by colourful and highly unpredictable politicking. In one such unorthodox campaign manoeuvre, earlier last month, Prabowo released an autobiographical documentary entitled Prabowo Sang Patriot ('Prabowo the Patriot'), in which he is self-indulgently portrayed as the mortal embodiment of myriad, vainglorious Javanese and Indonesian stereotypes - from ancient, indefatigable warrior descendent, to paternalistic agro-lover and solider of 'the people.'...

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Murder on Vietnam-China border highlights Uighur plight

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Living in Gurgaon, Haryana, I voted for Narendra Modi a couple of weeks back. I am no diehard BJP supporter or Modi fan, ideologue, Hindutva advocate or Pracharak. But, I do weigh my vote carefully every five years. I usually look at two aspects — one nationalistic, the other selfish...

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