Coming back to Nehru, he was western-educated like many of the educated and elite Indians today, getting his education at Trinity College at Cambridge, England and at Inner Temple, England, both Christian-based schools. He was a prominent leader of the left-wing factions of the Indian National Congress during the 1920s, and eventually of the entire Congress, with the tacit approval of his mentor, Gandhi.
It is time to examine the historical icon that Nehru has become over time. History will prove that Nehru has done great damage to the nation of India with his socialist, secular, and communist ideas of a Western bent that is inappropriate for an Indic nation like India and continue to survive to this day. One example is Partition in 1947, where Nehru brokered a deal with the Muslim League, led by Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who demanded a separate state, Pakistan. Here, Nehru was hesitant to approve the Partition under the British Mountbatten plan with the Muslims, but he did it. It was done. The damage was done with the border violence that ensued as a result of the religious conflicts and massive population movements. The damage was done to the Indian’s self-esteem, which needed to be supported and boosted back up by standing up to the British and the Muslims in the first place.
A big part of the problem was Nehru’s application of the romantic socialism of Britain in the 19th century to a country like India, where the conditions were completely different from Europe of that time. Because of his western education and disdain for non-anglicized Indians and his own indigenous culture and knowledge system, he was a poor role model and guide for post-Mughal and post-European occupation India.