Raj (Hindi: राज, Urdu: راج, Bengali: রাজ) in different contexts means "rule", "king", "ruler", "emperor" or "royalty" and "power" in the Sanskrit language families of the Indian sub-continent, including Romanes, its closest Indo-European relative. The word is cognate to Latin rex.

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  • Anil Raj (1984–2019), American human rights activist, Amnesty International board member, killed in 2019 in Kabul while working on the United Nations Development Programme
  • Besant C. Raj (1933–2018), Indian expert and writer on financial management
  • Charan Raj (born 1958), Indian film actor, director, music director, film producer, and writer
  • Jagdish Raj (1928–2013), Bollywood actor who holds a Guinness World Record for being the most typecast actor
  • K. N. Raj (1924–2010), Indian economist
  • Maria Venus Raj (born 1988), Filipino beauty queen, TV personality, model, and actress
  • Mithali Raj (born 1982), Indian cricketer
  • Prakash Raj or Raj (born 1965), Indian actor and producer
  • Subhashni Raj (born 1986), Fijian activist
  • Rhea Raj (born 2000), American singer-songwriter
  • Lara Raj (born 2005), American singer, producer and member of global pop group KATSEYE

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