While foreign-born "natives" imagine India with grand religious tradition or Bollywood songs, to people in places like Sri Lanka, India is a neighborhood bully -- an interfering sibling at best and a manipulative oppressor at worst.
Travelling up to the northern region of Sri Lanka earlier in the month gave me an opportunity to ascertain how far along the rebuilding has progressed. My last visit to Jaffna was back in 2011, in the past two years much had been achieved in the way of developing the infrastructure.
I believe the painful shared memories of the past era of terror will drive our country on to many more years of peace and prosperity. We welcome international support and assistance as we work towards this enduring goal.
The message shouted from an elder woman was clear as she harassed a worker attempting to install latrines that would signal a longer, more permanent, residence in unlivable Sri Lankan internment camps.