Telling the story of modern Indonesia's turnaround

Public affairs strategist Vasuki Shastry with his book, Resurgent Indonesia: From Crisis To Confidence, at The Straits Times bureau in Jakarta on Tuesday. The former Indonesia bureau chief for The Business Times hopes to show how Indonesia blended de
Public affairs strategist Vasuki Shastry with his book, Resurgent Indonesia: From Crisis To Confidence, at The Straits Times bureau in Jakarta on Tuesday. The former Indonesia bureau chief for The Business Times hopes to show how Indonesia blended democracy and globalisation to relative success.PHOTO: TATAN SYUFLANA FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

Former BT journalist gives his account of how nation survived turmoil 20 years ago

When former Business Times journalist Vasuki Shastry left Indonesia 20 years ago, the country was on the verge of collapse.

President Suharto had just been ousted after over 30 years in power, and Indonesia was hard hit by the Asian financial crisis a year earlier.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 16, 2018, with the headline 'Telling the story of modern Indonesia's turnaround'. Print Edition | Subscribe