I Gusti Ketut Pudja

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I Gusti Ketut Pudja
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IDR 1000 coin featuring I Gusti Ketut Pudja
1st Governor of Lesser Sunda
In office
Preceded byNew Term
Succeeded byPosition Abolished
Personal details
Born(1908-05-19)May 19, 1908
Singaraja, Bali, Dutch East Indies
DiedMay 4, 1977(1977-05-04) (aged 68)
Jakarta, Indonesia
Spouse(s)I Gusti Ayu Made Mirah

I Gusti Ketut Pudja (19 May 1908 – 4 May 1977) was an Indonesian Politician, and also first governor of Lesser Sunda.[1] He was recognized by Republic Indonesia Government as National Hero of Indonesia on 7 November 2011.[2]

Early life[edit]

Pudja was born on 19 May 1908 in Singaraja, Bali. In 1934, he graduated from Rechtshoogeschool (Law High School) in Batavia.[1] In 1935, he started working in Bali and Lombok Residency Office in Singaraja. A year later, he was placed in the Raad van Kerta, a court in Bali at that time.[3]

Independence struggle[edit]

Pudja was a member of the Preparatory Committee for Indonesian Independence, formed on 7 August 1945, to continue the work begun by the Investigating Committee for Preparatory Work for Independence. This body was chaired by Sukarno. Independence was declared on August 17, 1945, two days after Japan surrendered to the Allied Forces at the end of the Pacific War.


Pudja was appointed by the newly created Republic of Indonesia as the first Governor of Lesser Sunda on 22 August 1945. He was also chairman of the Supreme Audit Agency (Badan Pemeriksa Keuangan) from 1960 to 1968.[1]


  • Mahaputra Utama Medal (Bintang Mahaputra Utama), 1992[1]
  • Indonesian National Hero, 2011


  1. ^ a b c d "I Gusti Ketut Pudja, Pahlawan dari Singaraja". Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Ini Kiprah 7 Pahlawan Nasional Baru Untuk Indonesia". detikNews. 8 November 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  3. ^ "I Goesti Ketoet Poedja, Satu-satunya Tokoh Bali yang Hadiri Proklamasi Kemerdekaan RI". Retrieved 8 August 2014.