Muslim-majority Indonesia: Daughter of ex-president changes religion, becomes Hindu

Jakarta, 27 October: Sukmavati Sukarnoputri, daughter of former Indonesian first President Sukarno, has left Islam and converted to Hinduism, although she had already announced the conversion.

Sukarno accepted Hinduism at the Sudhi Vadani ceremony held at Sukmavati Sukarnoputri Center Bali. In the released video, she was seen following religious rituals.

After the conversion, Sukmavati has described it as the spread of Sanatan Dharma in Southeast Asia.

Sukmavati knows all the principles and traditions of Hinduism. There are many temples associated with Hinduism in Bali and people from all over the world come to see it.

One of the highlights of Sukmavati’s conversion is that her move has been supported by her brothers, Guntur Soekarnoputra and Guruh Soekarnoputra, and sister Megavati Soekarnoputri.

Their children i.e. Muhammad son Parveera Utama, Prince Haryo Paundrajarna Sumautra Jeevenegara and Gusti Raden Ayu daughter Sinivati ​​have also welcomed. Invitation cards were sent to certain people for this ceremony of converting to Hinduism.

Leaving Islam to convert to Hinduism was organized at the Sukarno Center Heritage Area of ​​Bale Agung Singaraja Buleleng Regency, Bali. Sukmavati is the third daughter of Sukarnoputri Sukarno and the younger sister of former President Meghavati, Sukarnaputri.

In the year 2018, Indonesia’s radical Islamic organizations filed a complaint of blasphemy against her. However, she later apologised. Significantly, Indonesia is the country with the largest Muslim population in the world.

The news of Sukmavati leaving Islam to convert to Hinduism has shocked many.

However, she is said to have been influenced by Hinduism for a long time. Many times she has also participated in public functions of Hindus.

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