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.

  • hmm..interesting thought. but even if there are some Acharyas who may support return to monarchy, not sure how it can materialise? BTW, why you wants to know about return to monarchy? Sep 22, 2017 at 17:03
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    @AADHinduism - the best form of government is a benevolent dictatorship.
    – mar
    Sep 23, 2017 at 3:59
  • @AADHinduism Well, what led me to ask this question right now is seeing this question by iammilind. But here's why I'm interested. In the case of other traditional Hindu practices that modern Western society looks down on (like the caste system, gender roles for men and women, etc), there are still large numbers of Hindus who support these things. But in the case of monarchy, it seems like there's almost no Hindus left who still support it. I'm trying to find out if this shift in opinion happened just with common people or with Acharyas as well. Sep 23, 2017 at 5:34
  • @ram The traditional Hindu government is a benevolent monarchy, not a benevolent dictatorship. In a dictatorship, succession is based on whoever happens to seize power. A monarchy, on the other hand, is based on heridetary succession, which allows for people to be trained from a young age in the art of statecraft and the skills needed to be a good ruler who upholds Vedic Dharma. Sep 23, 2017 at 5:37
  • I support it. Others say it is 21st century dude......
    – user9554
    Sep 23, 2017 at 8:50


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