Throughout most of its history, the system of government in India was Vedic monarchy (the claims of P.C. Dharma notwithstanding). But in modern times, India has turned into a democracy. My question is, are there any Acharyas living today who support a return to monarchy?
Have the heads of any Shankaracharya Mathams addressed this? What about Sri Vaishnava Acharyas? If there aren't any Acharyas who support a return to monarchy now, when is the last time an Acharya supported a return to monarchy?
Note that Nepal had a Hindu monarchy until just a few years ago, so there may well be Acharyas who support a return to monarchy in Nepal. But I'm interested in what they have to say about monarchy in India.