Sri Lanka's seesaw of war and cricket


Last weekend, Sri Lankans huddled together around TV sets to cheer their team battling unsuccessfully for the Cricket World Cup. But nationwide panic following Tamil Tiger attacks on Colombo shattered the momentary euphoria of togetherness even amid defeat. This seesaw of war and cricket, the island's only current claim to news headlines, cannot match the legendary fame of Serendip, the home of serendipitous people. What set the island's Sinhalese and Tamil communities against each other? - Hector Welgampola

Sri Lanka's seesaw of war and cricket