Devi Asmarani

Devi Asmarani


Devi Asmarani is a political junkie and a freelance journalist based in Jakarta. She co-founded and edits Magdalene.co, a webmagazine dedicated to feminism, empowerment and diversity-related issues. She occasionally tweets by the handle @dasmaran

Recent Opinions

  • 4 years ago

    Execution of drug convicts leaves a big mess for Jokowi

  • 4 years ago

    Will Indonesia become a ‘dry’ country?

  • 4 years ago

    Megawati’s show of power reveals PDI-P’s flaw

  • 4 years ago

    Indonesia struggles to keep citizens from joining ISIS

More from Devi Asmarani

  • 4 years ago

    The justice system: Indonesia’s most shameful (non) secret

    MARCH 29 — The picture on the front page of the influential daily Kompas speaks volumes: a tiny, frail-looking elderly woman in a simple house sarong, headscarf and a pair...

  • 4 years ago

    Jokowi’s commitment to fight corruption in doubt

    MARCH 15 — The recent leadership change in Golkar, a political party that was a significant part of the government opposition, is seen as a victory for President Joko...

  • 4 years ago

    What happens when you rock the boat too hard?

    MARCH 8 — Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama of Jakarta has one of the hardest jobs in Indonesia, and governing the city of over 13 million residents is just one part of it....

  • 5 years ago

    The religion factor

    NOVEMBER 30 — When Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo announced just days after the new Cabinet was sworn in that people would have the option of leaving the religion...

  • 5 years ago

    Jokowi moves fast to clean up the crucial energy sector

    JAKARTA, Nov 23 ― The first month of the Joko Widodo administration has been marked by a number of significant moves, chief of them was this week’s announcement of the...

  • 5 years ago

    Jokowi ready to make unpopular decisions

    NOV 9 — This week has seen the kick-off of Indonesia’s latest welfare initiatives, as the Joko Widodo administration buttresses the country for an impending fuel...

  • 5 years ago

    Jokowi’s government starts on a high note

    JAKARTA, Nov 2 ­— Say what you will about Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s newly inaugurated “Working Cabinet”, but the first week may have seen more...

  • 5 years ago

    All eyes on Jokowi’s Cabinet

    JAKARTA, Oct 26 — Six days have passed since the inauguration of Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla, and the historical massive public...

  • 5 years ago

    As Jokowi takes power, the fight to gain wider support continues

    OCTOBER 19 — Indonesia is set to welcome its new leader tomorrow with lively street parades, an outdoor public address and rock concerts, at which the metal head...

  • 5 years ago

    Time to ban FPI, those 'thugs for hire'

    OCTOBER 12 — It is rather ironic that the only elected government official who openly called for the ban on controversial hardliner organisation Islam Defenders Front (FPI)...

  • 5 years ago

    Recent events signal the return of the old New Order in Indonesia

    OCTOBER 5 — It’s hard to envision anything other than a bleak future for Indonesian democracy after the events that took place in the legislature this week.  The...

  • 5 years ago

    SBY blamed for Indonesia’s democratic loss

    JAKARTA, Sept 28 — Friday was a sad day for Indonesian democracy, or what has become of it.  In the early hours of that day, while most people were asleep, Parliament...

  • 5 years ago

    Latest move by Prabowo’s Coalition undermines Indonesia’s democracy

    SEPTEMBER 14 — Disputes aside, Indonesia’s election was largely considered a success; one that made some international observers call the country a role model for...

  • 5 years ago

    Upward battle against corruption in Indonesia

    SEPTEMBER 7 ­— Now that Indonesians have pretty much moved on from the drama and the euphoria of the election, corruption is taking centre stage again in the local...

  • 5 years ago

    Can Indonesians be weaned off subsidised fuel?

    AUGUST 31 — The latest trending topic among Indonesian Twitterati is about a young woman who badmouthed on social media the much beloved cultural city of Yogyakarta, because...