Rai Sahib / Rao Saheb / Roy Sahib / Rao Sahib abbreviated R.S., was a title of honour issued during the era of British rule in India to individuals who performed faithful service or acts of public welfare to the nation.[1] From 1911 the title was accompanied by a special Title Badge. Translated, Rai means "King" sahib means "leader".[2]

Image of the Title Badge awarded during the reign of George VI. For another image of the badge see link[3]

This was the start level title usually awarded to civilians, which could later be upgraded to Rao Bahadur and then to Dewan Bahadur titles.[4]

The title styled Rai Sahib were awarded to Hindu people of North India, Rao Saheb in Maharashtra and styled Rao Sahib to Hindu people of South India, however, they were both of same category and spelling was altered to meet with regional differences of pronunciation.[5]

The Rai Sahib/Rao Sahib/Roy Sahib and other similar titles issued during British Raj were disestablished in 1947 upon independence of India.[6]

Some people awarded the Rao Saheb/Rao Sahib titleEdit

  • Shankar Ramchandra Panhale Awarded Rao Saheb in 1936. He was a well reputed businessman and well known philanthropist from Pune. Later he was awarded Padma Shri by Govt. Of India in 1973.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ H. Taprell Dorling. (1956). Ribbons and Medals. A.H.Baldwin & Sons, London. p. 111.
  2. ^ Hankin, Nigel B. (2003). Hanklyn-janklin By Nigel B. Hankin. p. 404. ISBN 9788187943044.
  3. ^ Image of Rao Sahib Medal
  4. ^ "Quila House and the Jalan Collection: Dewan Bahadur". quilahouse.com.
  5. ^ "British India: INDIAN TITLE BADGE (MYB # 327), RAO BAHADUR & RAO SAHIB MEDALS". worldofcoins.eu. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  6. ^ Introduction to the Constitution of India By Sharma, Sharma B.k.. 2007. p. 83.
  7. ^ "Santi Priya Mukherjee vs Surendra Nath Chatterjee on 28 November, 1950". indiankanoon.org. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  8. ^ Channa, Subhadra Mitra; Channa, Subhadra (5 September 2013). Gender in South Asia. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-107-04361-9.
  9. ^ Gupta (IAS.), G. S. (1991). Free Masonry in India. G.S. Gupta.
  10. ^ India Supreme Court (1963). Indian Factories & Labour Reports. Law Publishing House.
  11. ^ Kaur, Madanjit (2008). Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Unistar Books. ISBN 9788189899547.
  12. ^ Sikh Digital Library (1 April 1964). Three Letters Of Maharani Jind Kaur – Dr. Ganda Singh. Sikh Digital Library. Sikh Digital Library.
  13. ^ Dalvi, Dinanath Atmaram (1 January 1869). An Examination of Sir Isaac Newton's Rule for Finding the Number of Imaginary Roots in an Equation: With Geometrical and Mechanical Theorems and a Trigonometrical Formula. Education Society's Press, Byculla – via Google Books.
  14. ^ The India Office and Burma Office List. 1888. p. 146.
  15. ^ "The India Office and Burma Office List". 1 January 1888 – via Google Books.
  16. ^ "Padma Bhushan Dr. Dukhan Ram". Association of Otolaryngologists of India. 2013. Archived from the original on 6 July 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  17. ^ Rao, C. Hayavando (1915). The Indian biographical dictionary (PAGE 30). University of California Libraries. Madras : Pillar.
  18. ^ Peter, Thomas. The Royal Coronation Number and Who's who in India, Burma and Ceylon. Sun Publishing House. p. 584. Retrieved 1 December 2020.
  19. ^ a b Lewis, Sir Hawthorne. Speeches Delivered by His Excellency Sir Hawthorne Lewis, ..., Governor of Orissa, 1941–1946. Government of Orissa. p. 191.
  20. ^ {{cite book |last1=Saint George (India) |first1=Fort |title=Fort St. George Gazette|pages=4 |url=https://archive.org/details/gazette.stgeorge.TG1943.TG1943JAN26/page/n3/mode/2up%7Ctitle=Fort St. George Gazette (PAGE 4)|last=Pillai|first=Kodandapani|date=1943|publisher=Madras
  21. ^ Pradesh (India), Madhya. Madhya Pradesh Gazette. p. 9. Retrieved 2 December 2020.

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