Brits always feared thinking soldiers. When a Dogra soldier named Nagda reconnoitred a route to climb a cliff side and surprise the enemy [British officers had given up as hopeless], Brits just mentioned him in despatches, gave him an order of merit 3rd class and sidelined him.
OTOH, when Gulab Singh found a Zorawar Singh, he rewarded him with the highest honours and promoted him all the way to commanding an army. See the difference? Brits wanted servile and docile minions, dhaarmic maharajas wanted thinking officers of loyalty, integrity and ability.
cc @dikgaj You may have more insights to add to this.

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