Anton Lucas is the author of One Soul One Struggle: Region and Revolution in Indonesia and coauthor, with Dianto Bachriadi, of Merampas Tanah Rakyat: Kasus Tapos dan Cimacan.
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Half of Indonesia’s massive population still lives on farms, and for these tens of millions of people the revolutionary promise of land reform remains largely unfulfilled. The Basic Agrarian Law, enacted in the wake of the Indonesian revolution, was supposed to provide access to land and equitable returns for peasant farmers. But fifty years later, the law’s objectives of social justice have not been achieved.