Buku tentang Prof Soediman

Buku tentang Guru kita Prof Soediman Kartohadiprodjo

Atas prakarsa putera-puteri Prof Soediman telah diterbitkan dalam bentuk buku sejumlah karangan beliau maupun teks pidato yang pernah dilakukannya. Buku ini kemudian telah diterjemahkan, namun belum diterbitkan. Dari Sdr Achmad Kartohadiprodjo saya mendapat seluruh teks buku bahasa Inggris tersebut. Karena terbatasnya halaman website Djokosoetono ini, maka hanya sebagian kecil saya tampilkan di sini. Selamat membaca (mr).
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INTRODUCTION


Introducing
Prof. Mr. Soediman Kartohadiprodjo
And His Thoughts

1. This book contains articles written by Prof. Mr. Soediman Kartohadiprodjo that became then published as a book in 1965 under the title “Kumpulan Karangan” (Compilation of Essays) by the publisher P.T. Pembangunan, Jakarta. To support the core of thoughts to be conveyed by those essays, the repeated publication of the said Kumpulan Karangan under a different title, namely “Prof. Mr. Soediman Kartohadiprodjo on “Pancasila As the Philosophy of Life of the Indonesian Nation”, the compilation of essays was supplemented with certain essays or texts of the speech of President Ir. Soekarno on Pancasila, and the essay of Prof. Notonagoro containing his speech as promoter at the awarding of the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa for President Soekarno at the University of Universitas Gajah Mada on 19 September 1951 in Yogyakarta. [Translator’s note: in this text, only the works of Prof. Soediman have been translated, while the other texts have not been translated into English, except this “Introduction”]


The Man: who is Prof. Mr. Soediman Kartohadiprodjo?

2. Prof. Mr. Soediman Kartohadiprodjo was born on 3 September 1908 in Jatirogo (East Java). His father was R. Toemenggoeng Bawadiman Kartohadiprodjo, Asisten Wedana  of Jatirogo who became the Regent of Pasuruan. His mother was R. Ayoe Oemi Kartohadiprodjo. In 1915 Prof. Soediman Kartohadiprodjo studied at the Public European Elementary School (Dutch: Openbare Europese Lagere School, ELS) in Bojonegoro. Having graduated from the ELS, he proceeded to the Higher Civil School (Dutch: Hogere Burgerschool, HBS) in Semarang. Having graduated from the HBS in 1927, he proceeded to the Medical School of Higher Learning (Dutch: Geneeskundige Hogeschool, GH) in Jakarta. Nevertheless, he did not feel that medical studies served his talent, so he moved to the Law School of Higher Learning (Dutch: Rechtshogeschool, RH), also in Jakarta. Toward completion of his studies at the Rechtshogeschool, his father R. Toemenggoeng Bawadiman Kartohadiprodjo passed away. That almost brought his studies to a halt. However, with the support of Prof. Dr. J.H.A Logemann and Prof. Mr. B. ter Haar Bzn, he managed to complete his studies in 1936 by acquiring the law degree Meester in de Rechten (Mr.). On 26 December 1936 he married R. Ajeng Oetariah Koesoemo Oetojo, the daughter of R.M.A.A. Koesoemo Oetojo. The marriage brought seven sons and two daughters to the world.
He would then serve as a judge consecutively in Garut, Tanjung Karang, Semarang and Jakarta. He closed his carrier in the realm of the courts of justice in 1947 in the position of an Appeal Court Judge of the Republic of Indonesia in Jakarta. He subsequently dedicated himself in the field of higher education in law, and can be perceived as one of those that laid the foundations and bases for the organization of higher education in law in Indonesia after the Proclamation of Indonesia’s independence.


3. Prof. Soediman Kartohadiprodjo was known as a person who in our time would belong to a small group of people. His whole life reflected the character of an unpretentious, honest, loyal and just person. He was an intellectual embodying an integer personality with a moral audacity maintained in whatever situation. His life also radiated the spirit of nationalism, patriotism, idealism and humanity which was already burning while he was still in school at the HBS in Semarang. He was an activist with the Tri Koro Darmo,  Jong Java (Javanese Youth) and Indonesia Muda (Young Indonesia), and participated at the II Youth Congress in 1928 that sparked the Youth Oath. His nationalism kept flaring while serving as a judge, attorney, prosecutor and professor.
He would always spread the spirit of nationalism, idealism, humanity, honesty, moral audacity and justice that lived in his personality to his students, by walking the talk, but also as a paragon. He used to appeal to the students not to become jurists or advocates of “ter kwader trouw” (Dutch: bad faith). As a professor in law, he always did his best to disseminate and to develop the capacity to reason systematically and logically in his students. He always had a warm relationship with his students, and he used to attend students activities with his typical smile, “the smile of Pak Diman”. He meant that growing and nurturing seeds of leadership to the students as future leaders of the nation should gain the serious attention in the performance of higher education. Therefore, soon as he took the office of the dean of the Faculty of Law at the Parahyangan Catholic University, one of his first steps was to hold a meeting with the student body of the Law Faculty.
By means of lecturing, writing and being a paragon, he would strive to implant the philosophy of kekeluargaan  (Pancasila) as a philosophy of life and pattern of reasoning with the Civitas Academica of the Law Faculty of the Parahyangan Catholic University. Under his leadership he developed a living sphere inspired by the spirit of brotherhood, national unity and unitariness, clear from tribal and other discriminatory primordial behaviors. Prof. G.J. Resink in his article under the title ”Rechtshogeschool, Jongereneed, Stuw en Gestuwden” (Dutch: School of Law, Youth Oath, the Motivators and the Motivated) published in the book Lima Puluh Tahun Pendidikan Hukum Di Indonesia (Fifty Years of Law Education in Indonesia), the Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia,1974, p. 658, wrote: ” Soediman was veel meer ’guru’ dan geleerde ...” (Dutch: Soediman was much more ‘guru’ rather than scholar…)
Yet, this statement does not mean that he did not produce scholarly work. Resink rather wanted to say that people who knew him were more impressed by his character as a true teacher. Our time indeed needs more teachers who are capable to fully comprehend and really walk their talk in their real life like that, which Ir. Soekarno stated: “No, a teacher cannot play theater; a teacher cannot betray his own spirit. A teacher can only give his own as he is. One cannot teach what one wants, one cannot teach what one knows, one can only teach what one is!”(Tidak, goeroe tidak bisa ’main koemidi’, goeroe tidak bisa mendoerhakai ia poenya djiwa sendiri. Goeroe hanjalah dapat mengasihkan apa dia itoe sebenarnja. Men kan niet onderwijzen wat men wil, men kan niet onderwijzen wat men weet, men kan alleen onderwijzen wat men is!” [“Being Teachers in the Era of Awakening” (”Menjadi Goeroe Dimasa Kebangoenan”, in: Under the Banners of the Revolution (Dibawah Bendera Revolusi), I, 1963)], which essentially means that teachers shall not and may not be hypocrites; they shall not play double standards. If a teacher teaches a value to his/her pupils, then he/she ought to believe in what he/she teaches and materialize it in his/her attitude and behavior in his/her daily life. Thus what Prof. Soediman Kartohadiprodjo wished to teach his students about the spirit of nationalism, patriotism, idealism, humanity, honesty, loyalty, and justice was that, which he really believed in, implemented and materialized it in his own daily life being a husband, a father, a buddy, an activist, a lecturer, a dean, a judge, a prosecutor, an attorney.

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