Sri Aurobindo on the old system of life in India
December 27, 1938
The old Indian system grew out of life, it had room for everything and every interest. There were monarchy, aristocracy, democracy; every interest was represented in the government. While in Europe the Western system grew out of the mind: they are led by reason and want to make everything cut and dried without any chance of freedom or variation. If it is democracy, then democracy only—no room for anything else. They cannot be plastic.
India is now trying to imitate the West. Parliamentary government is not suited to India. But we always take up what the West has thrown off….
The Rebirth of India December 27 1938
(A disciple:) What is your idea of an ideal government for India?
My idea is like what Tagore once wrote. There may be one Rashtrapati at the top with considerable powers so as to secure a continuity of policy, and an assembly representative of the nation. The provinces will combine into a federation united at the top, leaving ample scope to local bodies to make laws according to their local problems.