Dewan Bahadur

Dewan Bahadur / Diwan Bahadur was a title of honour awarded during British rule in India.[1][2] It was awarded to individuals who had performed faithful service or acts of public welfare to the nation. From 1911 the title was accompanied by a special Title Badge.[3] Dewan literally means Prime Minister in Indian context and Bahadur means brave.

Diwan Bahadur Title Badge awarded in reign of George V

This title was above Rao Bahadur title and people with Rao Bahadur could be elevated to status of Diwan Bahadur.[1][4]

Further, the Prime Ministers of Indian Princely States were known as Dewan/Diwan. They were also given or promoted directly to the title of Dewan Bahadur by British authorities on being appointed as Dewan, to suit their post.

The Dewan Bahadur and other similar titles issued during British Raj were disestablished in 1947 upon independence of India.[2]

List of people with Dewan Bahadur titleEdit

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  1. ^ a b Iyengar, A. S. (2001). Role of Press and Indian Freedom Struggle: All Through the Gandhian Era By A. S. Iyengar. p. 280. ISBN 9788176482561.
  2. ^ a b Sharma; Sharma, B. K. (2007). Introduction to the Constitution of India By Sharma, Sharma B.k. p. 83. ISBN 9788120332461.
  3. ^ H. Taprell Dorling. (1956). Ribbons and Medals. A.H.Baldwin & Sons, London. p. 111.
  4. ^ "as rewarded successively with the titles "Rai Sahab", "Rai Bahadur" and finally, towards the end of the Second World War, "Dewan Bahadur"". Archived from the original on 2015-02-19. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
  5. ^ Proceedings of the Indian Science Congress, Volume 37
  6. ^ The Message and Ministrations of Dewan Bahadur Sir R. Venkata Ratnam, Volume 3 by Sir R Venkata Ratnam, V. Ramakrishna Rao - 1924.