Happenings

 

Lessons abound all around us. And this is true of Sri Lanka too.

There is so much to learn from how this land has got so far ahead on so many fronts. And as much to learn from where we still lag, badly.

  • How have we managed by now to reduce considerably the record levels of suicide we had a decade ago?
  • What contributes to this country having some of the lowest rates of injecting drug use, despite illicit use being commonplace for more than three decades?
  • Sri Lanka has probably the highest population awareness of the wide range of influences that make alcohol and illicit drug use feel pleasurable to many, and how these may be reversed.
  • If there were a contest on how widespread the public’s hostility to tobacco industry tactics is, we’d probably be among the front runners.
  • Is it purely good fortune that has kept this country a low HIV prevalence nation?
  • How have child labour, sexism and caste-based stigma and exclusion come down more rapidly than in many other comparable countries?

The list can continue. So can the list of failures.

  • Foremost among failures is our inability to examine any issue independently of our political affiliation

Powerful lessons reside in all of these.

 

 

 

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