1 Backdrop. 2. The Riots of 1983 and Their Origins: Deep Tensions and Surface Features. 3. The Horror Story. 4. Probing below the Surface. 5. From British Raj to Independence: A Sketch of the Antecedents. 6. Two Social Profiles. 7. Reflections on Political Violence in Our Time. 8. What Is to Be Done? A Prescription for the Future. 9. Epilogue: Biographical Interweavings. Appendix 1. "Judges come under attack": from The Times (of London), 18 January 1984. Appendix 2. The Sinhalese-Tamil Riots of 1958: from W. Wriggins: Ceylon: Dilemmas of a New Nation. Appendix 3. Sri Lanka's Ethnic Problem: myths and Realities: Report of the Committee for National Development, November 1983. Appendix 4. Report Made to Religious Organisation, 25 July 1984. Appendix 5. Sri Lanka - Who Wants a Separate State? A publication of the Ministry of State, the Government of Sri Lanka, Overseas Information Series, no. 9 (11 November 1983). Notes. Index.