-Professor J.W.D. Somasundara
This is a book that can be read from the beginning to the end with an unflagging interest.
Books on Economics are read only for Examinations; or they are read to increase one's knowledge in Economics further.But each and every sentence in this book draws our attention spontaneously; as we read we see an aspect we had never seen, or thought of before, we realize that it is a genuine,inherent aspect.We need to thank and congratulate Professor Somasundara for pointing out to us the reality of Economics with his practiced skill.
In a society which worships Mammon above everything, has as its prime objective the accumulation of money irrespective of the means, do such things as Happiness, Satisfaction, Love and attachment carry meaning? Your analytical mind too will be awakened on reading this.
The relevance of this work is not limited to the students of Economics alone, it carries a wealth of useful knowledge for the learned as well as the layman.It is and educative book for the common reader.
There are several sections which need to be invariably read by all of us, on World Economics as well as on the economics of our own country.Among the most significant are Poverty, Black Economy, Corruption, Gambling, Illegal Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Drug Trade, Terrorism, Child Abuse, Environment Pollution and Forest Depletion.These will give us informed minds.
The author has attempted to emphasize the value of Moral Economics by bringing out different points of view as well as scientific facts on another aspect under, Religion, Philosophies and this World's end.
The institution of the family - love and the inculcation of morality is an area which the Economists have not looked at so far.They have only inhabited a world of goods and money.Professor Somasundara well deserves the accolades of the educated for opening this door to a world hitherto unknown to its Economics.The long article on simple living, contentment controlled consumption, evident of a Buddhist Economics philosophy would draw the attention of the western Economic specialists to Buddhism and its values.
There is also mention of many different Academics, Rulers, Politicians, Philosophers, and Religious Teachers and their views and notions on Economics and Morality have been substantiated with adequate reference.There by we need to commend he hard work, the effort and the commitment that have gone into the compilation of this book.
There is no doubt that professor somasundara deserves the commendation of the educated world for having the courage and the insight to depart from the conventional hidebound attitude to Economics and present a novel outlook promoting the reader to develop an attitudinal change.