According to Parashara Smriti (PS), during "ApatkAla" or during an emergency, following/maintaining Dharma must take a backseat. Preserving one's life, at that time, is the only priority. And, one should wait for the unrest to be over.
So, this is in other words the same as saying "One can abandon the Dharma ShAstras temporarily till the emergency is over".
I have not seen any process of impeachment. However, the idea that an oppressive king should be removed is there in Hindu scripture. A king's plea that he is above the law is also rejected in Hindu scripture.
King and his duties
For fear of anarchy, Vena was made king, though he was not fit for it.
Now that king himself has become the source of fear ...
No such thing as impeachment is found in the Smritis. But I've found something relevant in the Mahanirvana Tantra's 11th Chapter, which talks about Prayaschittas (expiatory rites), regarding what shall be the punishment for such a King.
[Lord Shiva says] O Kula−nayika! know that there are two kinds of sin−− that which
contributes merely to the injury of ...
There is a related story I think in Mahabharata about how a rat and a
cat temporarily make friendship so that the rat can escape from a fox,
and the cat can escape from a hunter. Anyone know the reference for
I think you are referring to the story of a rat named Palita, and Lomaśa, the cat, from the Śānti-parva. The rat enters a temporary alliance ...
According to scriptures --- No way.. It is evident even from common sense ..
First of all, one who has renounced should not live in his native place. After he has renounced he has to start living in another place. How is that possible for a king?
A sage should leave his native land right after he has renounced. He should live far away from his own, ...
Concept of the divine king-Origin
The earliest evidence of the origin of kingship in India is found in the Aitareya Brahmana, a later Vedic text, which tells of a war between gods and demons .The gods were losing badly and needed someone to lead them in order to change the tide of the war.
It is through this legend, probably, that the concept of kingship ...
The Divide & Conquer (Bheda) was successfully implemented by both Duryodhan and Yudhisthir in case of Salya.
As per Mahabharata: Udyoga Parva, Salya with one Akshauhini army was actually going to fight from Pandava's side.
Duryodhana, hearing that magnanimous and mighty hero was on his way, hastened towards him and paid him honours, O best of the ...
No, Hinduism forbids kings from acting tyrannical.
Some verses from the Manusmriti:
The king, who, without affording protection, takes tributes, taxes,
duties, presents and fines, would immediately sink into hell.—(8.307)
He who affords no protection and devours the people, grabbing his
tribute of the sixth part of the produce,—him they declare to be the
Are all men created equal according to Hinduism? Is this predominant western belief based on the Vedas?
No, this belief is non-Vedic.
This is in direct contrast to the hundreds of statements in Shruti and Smriti that say that men are not created equal due to karma and reincarnation, which western philosophy does not believe in.
Chhandogya Upanishad 5....
Yes. One such regent queen was Chitrangada, wife of Arjuna. When Arjuna asked her father, King Chitravahana, for her hand in marriage this is what the latter said
There was in our race a king of the name of Prabhanjana, who was childless. To obtain a child, he underwent severe ascetic penances. By his severe asceticism, O Partha, he gratified that god of ...
The position that all humans are created equal does not apply for Hinduism since the jiva is considered to be eternal. The physical organism and the Atman of all Jiva are equal. However jivas are unequal because of difference in their karma.
Bhishma said, "Verily Righteousness is fraught with victory. Its
effulgence is so great that it illumines the ...
No. Kings who act tyrannically will be destroyed.
Vamadeva continued, ‘When the king, who is powerful, acts
unrighteously towards the weak, they who take their birth in his race
imitate the same conduct. Others, again, imitate that wretch who sets
sin agoing. Such imitation of the man ungoverned by restraints soon
A brief answer can be found in a book named "Studies in Hindu Law and Dharmaśāstra" written by Ludo Rocher . Page 337.
The author is quoting Shukra Niti Sara (शुक्रनिती सार) . And is clearly mentioning the occupations of brothers of a king.
The text adds that younger brothers should rather be appointed
governors of the provinces or superintendents ...