"Middle Way or Independence?" is the centrepiece of a multi-channel video installation by Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam that was shown as part of the "A Question of Evidence" exhibition at Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary in Vienna in 2008- 2009. The video was shot during the Return to Tibet March in 2008. When the police blockaded the march for several days at Banspatan in Uttarkhand, the marchers, most of whom were monks, often spent their time engaging in vigorous debate over the relative merits and demerits of the Dalai Lama's Middle Way Approach to resolve the Tibet issue as opposed to the demand for outright independence. Far away from the outside world, these discussions were frank, heated and passionate in a way that is rare to find in exile Tibetan society and, as such, offers an unexpected insight into how ordinary Tibetans are thinking.

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