In 1947, India gained independence from the colonisers who had ruled us for over a hundred years. While Jawaharlal Nehru’s love affair with the British was touching—and psychologists can help explain this obsession—it is still a mystery as to why he did not take to the economic policies of the master. Instead, he somersaulted to the exact opposite of what the masters believed in and embraced the economic framework of Russia. Why, if we bought the political freedom (democracy) line from the British, and loved them for imparting this freedom to us, did we also not buy the notion of economic freedom from them? Instead, almost literally, we bought the Russian/Stalinist model of deep and mindless control over economic freedom.
Not being a psychologist, but observing what happened from Nehru onwards, this ignoble act was undertaken in order to satisfy the urge to control. In that important sense, Nehru was not at all the great liberal he is mythologised to be by the cadre of so-called Nehruvian liberals, and India has paid a heavy price for it.