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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.

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  • 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? Commented Sep 22, 2017 at 17:03
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    @AADHinduism - the best form of government is a benevolent dictatorship.
    – ram
    Commented 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. Commented 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. Commented Sep 23, 2017 at 5:37
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    I support it. Others say it is 21st century dude......
    – user9554
    Commented Sep 23, 2017 at 8:50

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Acharya Dhirendra Krishna Shastri (Bageshwar Dham Sarkar, Madhya Pradesh) has called for a Hindu Rashtra which is a stepping stone towards a Hindu monarchy in the long run.

The head of Sankaracharya Math (Puri) is in support of his mission, so I'd say that they indirectly support a Hindu monarchy without having openly stated given the anti-hindu sentiments in India in the past few decades. I'm sure that the Acharyas from all other sects would stand in solidarity for a Vedic monarchy for the welfare of all.

Not too long ago, Srila Prabhupada (Acharya from the Gaudiya Vaishnava Sampradaya and founder of ISKCON) strongly favored a return to Hindu Monarchy. This is evident from his purports to the Bhagavata Purana:

The Vedic civilization prefers monarchy. People liked the government of Lord Rāmacandra, the government of Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira and the governments of Mahārāja Parīkṣit, Mahārāja Ambarīṣa and Mahārāja Prahlāda. There are many instances of excellent government under a monarch. Gradually the democratic government is becoming unfit for the needs of the people, and therefore some parties are trying to elect a dictator. A dictatorship is the same as a monarchy, but without a trained leader. Actually people will be happy when a trained leader, whether a monarch or a dictator, takes control of the government and rules the people according to the standard regulations of the authorized scriptures.

A responsible monarchy is better than a so-called democratic government in which no one is responsible to mitigate the grievances of the citizens, who are unable to personally meet the supreme executive head. In a responsible monarchy the citizens had no grievances against the government, and even if they did, they could approach the king directly for immediate satisfaction.

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  • Dhirendra Shastri can't be considered as a Acharya. He is simply a wonder-worker who gives some basic sermons.
    – অনু
    Commented May 21 at 19:25
  • 'I'm sure that the Acharyas from all other sects would stand in solidarity for a Vedic monarchy for the welfare of all.' Very unlikely, because it would cause much competition between the different Hindu sects to gain royal support since almost every Hindu sect harbours a certain amount of disdain for all other sects.
    – অনু
    Commented May 21 at 19:28
  • And the current Shankaracharya of Puri is the last person to think about the welfare of all. He compares inter-caste marriage with nestiality but at the same time is willing to accept donations from non-brahmins. He speaks against organ transplant & blood transfusion citing the caste background of the donor, but it is doubtful whether he will be checking the caste of those who manufacture his khadaus. He speaks about excommunicating those who travel overseas (in line with scriptures) but at the same time doesn't hesitate when big politicians who regularly travel overseas touch his feet.
    – অনু
    Commented May 21 at 19:35

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