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Sukmawati Soekarnoputri, daughter of Indonesia’s founding father, Sukarno, will convert from Islam to Hinduism

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Sukmawati Soekarnoputri

Highlights

  • Sukmawati Sukarnoputri is the third daughter of the founding president of Indonesia Sukarno and his wife Fatmawati
  • She will convert from Islam to Hinduism on October 26
  • Sukmawati has extensive knowledge of Hindu theology

New Delhi: Sukmawati Sukarnoputri, the third daughter of founding father and first president of Indonesia Sukarno and his wife Fatmawati, has announced that she will convert from Islam to Hinduism.

According to a CNN Indonesia report, Ida Ayu Nyoman Rai Srimben, Sukmawati’s late Balinese grandmother played a major role in her decision to embrace Hinduism.

The 69-year-old founder of the Indonesian National Party (Partai Nasional Indonesia-PNI) will adopt the new religion in a Hindu “Sudhi Wadani” ceremony on October 26.

Married to Kanjeng Gusti Pangeran Adipati Arya Mangkunegara IX, Sukmawati divorced in 1984.

Informing the press of his ruling, his lawyer said Sukarno’s daughter had extensive knowledge of Hinduism and was also aware of all doctrines and rituals of Hindu theology.

In 2018, Sukmawati had to face the wrath of Islamists when she read a poem at Indonesian Fashion Week and suggested that a traditional Indonesian bun is more beautiful than the veil worn by Muslim women.

After the outrage, she had to apologize to all Indonesian Muslims who accused her of blasphemy and insulting Islam.

GNPF Ulama, a conservative Muslim organization called her a “religious blasphemer” and urged the population to support the cops in arresting Sukmawati and bringing her to justice.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Sukmawati called a press conference and apologized with tears in her eyes.

“From the bottom of my heart, I apologize to all Muslims in Indonesia, especially those who feel offended by the poem,” she said.

Islam is the largest religion in Indonesia. The Southeast Asian nation has the largest Muslim population in the world, while Hinduism is one of the six official religions and is home to the fourth largest population of Hindus in the world, after India, the Nepal and Bangladesh.


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