The Sunday Leader

Sri Lankan Author Honoured

Dr. Rohana Ulluwishewa, former Associate Professor of Geography at the Sri Jayewardenepura University has been honoured as a ‘Finalist’ of the International Book Award 2014, American Book Fest announced last week in Los Angeles. This award has been granted to him for the high standard of his book ‘Spirituality and Sustainable Development’ published by Palgrave Macmillan, London.

In his revolutionary book, Dr.Ulluwishewa shows that the root-cause of the conventional development’s failure to alleviate poverty and inequality, to achieve environmental sustainability and to deliver happiness to the humanity lies within us.

It is our self-centeredness and greed for material wealth and power. Conventional development ignores this truth, and attempts to change almost everything in the external world except ourselves.

Of course, the changes it brings to the external world generate more material wealth, but as the selfishness within us remains unchanged, we fail to generate wealth in an environmentally sustainable manner, to distribute the wealth equally and to deliver happiness to all. While all great religions advocate the reduction of our selfishness, modern scientific evidence suggest that it is a temporary sign of our spiritual underdevelopment.

As we develop spiritually, it is replaced by selfless love. Then spontaneously emerges a form of development driven by love which can eliminate poverty and inequality, achieve environmental sustainability and deliver happiness to all. This book concludes with policy measures required to promote the new form of development.

Rohana Ulluwishewa holds BA (Honours), from Sri Jayewardenepura University, M.Sc., from London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, and a PhD, from Kyushu University, Japan.

In his thirty years of academic career he has worked as Senior Lecturer at the University of Brunei Darussalam, and was Visiting Fellow at Wageningen Agricultural University and Leiden University in the Netherlands, and at Leeds University, UK. He served as a consultant for many national and international development agencies and has published in numerous international journals. He was also an Honorary Research Associate at Massey University in New Zealand, where he currently lives.


Alcohol And Tobacco Addiction

Eighty percent of the total area of a pack of cigarettes must have pictorial health warnings. This warning is equally desirable on bottles of alcohol and on meat stalls or butcher shops and abattoirs.

Heavy alcohol consumption is supposed to raise LDL levels, which causes heart disease. Meat increases cholesterol levels which causes blockages in arteries.

Alcohol and tobacco addicts who are keen to give up their addiction consult psychiatrists. They prescribe Acamprosate tablets to overcome alcohol dependence. Bupropion and Varenicline tablets are prescribed as aids to stop smoking. Addicts and psychiatrist find that all these tablets are unregistered drugs.

Pharmacies stocking these drugs to meet the heavy prescription demand do so at the risk of being prosecuted by the Drug Authority. In an attempt to wean tobacco addicts electronic cigarettes, an alternative to tobacco cigarettes are now available in the market.

Nicotine medicated gum, lozenges, sublingual tablets or sprays, transdermal patches, nasal sprays are effective aids to stop smoking but are not available in pharmacies as they are unregistered devices or drugs.The pharmaceutical trade will take the initiative to register these drugs only after the smuggled unregistered products have become popular prescription drugs.

This issue has to be resolved by the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol.

Mervyn Burrows

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