Rao Bahadur

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Rai Bahadur (also Rao Bahadur in South India), abbreviated R.B., was a title of honour bestowed during British rule in India to individuals for faithful service or acts of public welfare to the Empire. From 1911, the title was accompanied by a medal called a Title Badge.[1] Translated, Rao means "prince", and Bahadur means "brave" or "most honourable". Bestowed mainly on Hindus, the equivalent title for Muslim and Parsi subjects was Khan Bahadur. For Sikhs it was Sardar Bahadur.

Rao Bahadur Title Badge

Those awarded the Rao Bahadur title were usually drawn from the lower rank of Rai Sahib, both of which were below the rank of Dewan Bahadur.[2] These titles were subordinate to the two orders of knighthood: the Order of the Indian Empire and the higher Order of the Star of India. A holder of a Rai Sahib, Rai Bahadur or Dewan Bahadur title came lower in the order of precedence.[1]

Selected recipients awarded the Rao/Rai Bahadur titleEdit

Academics and educationEdit

Activists and politiciansEdit

Civil servants and government officialsEdit

  • Jagan Nath Bhandari Raj Ratan, Dewan of Idar State[10]
  • Lada Damodar Das, extrajudicial assistant commissioner in the Punjab[4]
  • Dewan Jaggatnath, secretary to the municipal committee and district board, Dera Ismail Khan[9]
  • Sahu Parsotam Saran Kothiwala, member of the district board, Moradabad[4]
  • Lala Jai Lal, member of the Municipal Committee, Simla[4]
  • A. Savarinatha Pillai, Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax, Madras Presidency; winner of King's Coronation Award for Distinguished Public Service, London[11]
  • Akshey Kumar Sarkar, superintendent, Department of Commerce and Industry, Government of India[9]
  • Betharam Sarma, sub-deputy collector, Tezpur, Assam[4]

Commerce and industryEdit

Engineering, science and medicineEdit

Law and justiceEdit

  • Babu Ram Sadan Bhattacharji, deputy magistrate, Bengal[4]
  • Chaudhary Dewan Chand Saini MBE, (1887-?) of Gurdaspur, Punjab, distinguished lawyer of Punjab High Court, leader of the criminal bar; elected member of Legislative Council of colonial Punjab
  • Rajendranath Dutt, judge, Bengal[4]
  • Soti Raghubans Lal, subordinate judge, Shahjehanpur[4]
  • Sadh Achraj Lal, honorary magistrate and member of the municipal board, Mirzapur[4]
  • Jwala Prasad, government pleader[4]
  • Raghunath Sharan, District Judge in Bihar[16]
  • Babu Bahadur Singh, honorary magistrate, Pilibhit[4]
  • Babu Shuhrat Singh, Zemindar of Chandpur and honorary magistrate, Basti[4]

Literature and artsEdit

Philanthropy, religion and charityEdit

Police and emergency servicesEdit


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b H. Taprell Dorling. (1956). Ribbons and Medals. A.H.Baldwin & Sons, London. p. 111.
  2. ^ Jalan, Aditya (2009). "Dewan Bahadur 1944–1954". Quila House and the Jalan Collection: A Brief Introduction. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  3. ^ Who's Who 1911 Coronation Edition, Lucknow, Newul Kishore Press, 1911 (page 27)
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n The Indian biographical dictionary, by C. Hayavando Rao, 1915 (page 26)
  5. ^ Mayhew, Arthur (October 1931). "THE COMMISSION ON CHRISTIAN HIGHER EDUCATION IN INDIA". International Review of Mission. 20 (4): 512–524. doi:10.1111/j.1758-6631.1931.tb04099.x.
  6. ^ "VISIONARIES – St. Stephen's College, Delhi".
  7. ^ "St. Stephen's College, Delhi, India: HISTORY".
  8. ^ Bhattacharji, Jaya (April 1995). "Remembering Principal Mukarji". The Stephanian (Volume CIII, Issue 1). pp. 1–5. Archived from the original on 28 June 2021. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
  9. ^ a b c d e The Indian biographical dictionary, by C. Hayavando Rao, 1915 (page 27)
  10. ^ Bhandari Jagan Nath Rai Bhadur, Raj Ratan, Dewan of Idar State, The Times of India directory and year book including who's who, Volume 32, 1945
  11. ^ "Caste and Capitalism in Colonial India".
  12. ^ "Jamnalal Bajaj". The Print. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  13. ^ Govindarajulu, Rajesh (2015-07-03). "Pioneers in textile". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2021-01-23.
  14. ^ "Sir Kailas Chandra Bose". The Indian Medical Gazette. 62 (4): 235–237. 1927. PMC 5197519.
  15. ^ "Biography of Ch. Ram Dhan Singh".
  16. ^ "Former District Judges since the Creation of the Judegship/District Court in India | Official Website of District Court of India".
  17. ^ Channa, Subhadra Mitra; Channa, Subhadra (2013-09-05). Gender in South Asia. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-107-04361-9.
  18. ^ Gupta (IAS.), G. S. (1991). Free Masonry in India. G.S. Gupta.
  19. ^ Court, India Supreme (1963). Indian Factories & Labour Reports. Law Publishing House.