Kudavolai system of Cholas: Myth of ‘ancient democracy’

There were no voters in this electoral system, and people from all castes could not contest in this form of a so-called democratic system.

BySouth First Desk

Published Apr 15, 2024 | 11:13 AMUpdatedApr 15, 2024 | 11:13 AM


The famed Kudavolai electoral system the Chola Kings and early Tamils followed is much touted as an arcane form of democracy. Did you know there were no voters in this electoral system? The contestants’ names were written on palm leaves, and the winner was selected by a lucky lot, drawn in front of the village by a Brahmin boy.

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