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Which of the following are the reason(s) why Hardinge did not annex Punjab in 1846?
  1. Fear of resistance from Sikh soldiers
  2. High cost of administration
  3. Hardinge wanted Punjabis to hate him
  4. Punjab was a buffer zone for Britishers


Solution

The correct options are
A Fear of resistance from Sikh soldiers
B High cost of administration
D Punjab was a buffer zone for Britishers
British could easily annex Punjab after they had a strong army stationed at Lahore. However, Hardinge did not do that for various reasons. He feared the retaliation from Sikh soldiers and the high cost of administration. He wanted to establish friendly relations with Punjabis before a planned hostile takeover.

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