THE ROLE OF BAHASA INDONISIA TO MAINTAIN NATIONAL UNITY, IDENTITY, AND DIVERSITY

Author:

SIYASWATI, siyaswati@unipasby.ac.id

TITAH KINASIH, redaksi@unipasby.ac.id

Abstract:

The Indonesian people consist ofhundreds of ethnic groups, with each group having distinctlanguage, art, tradition and custom. Those ethnic groups politically and geographically unite into a nation, the Indonesian nation, under the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia,with Pancasila as its state philosophy It was diming the second Indonesian Youth Congress on Oct. 28, 1928, that the Bahasa Indonesia, the Indonesian Language, was for the first time declared as lingua franca for ethic groups residing in the territory now called Indonesia. The event called as the ‘Youth Pledge” was the starting point of the all ethnic groups to work together to build one nation and one motherland, Indonesia.

Keyword : THE ROLE OF BAHASA INDONISIA TO MAINTAIN NATIONAL UNITY, IDENTITY, AND DIVERSITY