Is there a chance for any Indian kingdom to actively pursue modernization in the 18th or 19th century like the Japanese did in the late 19th century? Which ones do you think had the best shot at such reforms? Nawab of Bengal due to their proto-industrialization? Kingdom of Mysore under Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan? Nizams of Hyderabad? What would it look like to have the Marathas undergo such a transformation where the confederacy is centralized under a proper ruler? What/Who do you think will be the biggest obstacle to this? I feel that Robert Clive or Wellesley were the biggest hurdles. Clive was instrumental in giving the British a foothold on the sub-continent and Wellesley was very paranoid about French presence in India(from what I read online). This prompted him to quickly get the kingdoms into a subsidiary alliance and effectively stop them from building any military. Is there a way we can avoid Wellesley from successfully following that policy and that might lead a few native kingdoms to actively pursue modernization?