December 2, 2022

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The figure of Jusuf Ronodipuro, the Person behind the Record of the Proclamation of Independence

The 77th anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Indonesia falls today, Wednesday (17/08/2022). The thing that is always remembered at the moment of commemoration of the independence of the Republic of Indonesia, namely when the proclamation was read by Ir. Sukarno.

The reading of the text of the proclamation by Ir. Soekarno performed at Jalan Pegangsaan Timur 56 Jakarta. It turned out that the recorded display of the reading of the text of the proclamation of independence by Ir. Soekarno, which is often played on television, is only a photo.

The sound recording of the reading of the text of the proclamation of the independence of the Republic of Indonesia that we have heard so far was not done on August 17, 1945. When the moment of the proclamation of independence of the Republic of Indonesia was on August 17, 1945, we did not yet have advanced technology to record video or sound.

The recording of the reading of the text of the new proclamation was made by Ir. Soekarno in 1951 at the Radio Republik Indonesia (RRI) studio at Jalan Merdeka Barat 4-5, Central Jakarta. The figure of Jusuf Ronodipuro is the person who was instrumental behind the sound recording of the re-reading of the text of the proclamation of independence of the Republic of Indonesia by Ir. Sukarno.

The figure of Jusuf Ronodipuro

Portrait of Jusuf Ronodipuro. (Photo: rri.co.id)

Jusuf Ronodipuro spontaneously brought up the idea of ​​a voice recording rereading the text of the proclamation of independence. At that time, RRI had just bought new recording equipment.

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Jusuf Ronodipuro met with Ir. Soekarno at the State Palace to convey his idea. Initially Ir. Soekarno rejected Jusuf’s idea because the proclamation is a sacred moment that cannot be repeated.

Jusuf Ronodipuro and the first president of the Republic of Indonesia were involved in a heated debate. Jusuf told Ir. Soekarno about his struggle to spread the news of the proclamation of Indonesia’s independence to the international world through Japanese military radio.

The actions taken by Jusuf and Syahruddin to spread the news of the proclamation of Indonesian independence were very risky. Their actions were discovered by the military police Dai Nippon (Kempetai).

Jusuf and Syahruddin also had to bear the consequences, they were interrogated, subjected to torture, and nearly beheaded. Luckily a Japanese officer who recognized them came, then freed from captivity Kempetai.

After hearing the story of Jusuf’s struggle to broadcast the proclamation of independence on August 17, 1945, finally Ir. Sukarno melted. Ir. Soekarno was willing to record the sound of reading the text of the proclamation so that all Indonesians could hear it to this day.