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Rai Bahadur
Rao Bahadur Medal

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 their service to the Empire. The title was accompanied by a medal called a Title Badge. Translated, Rao means "prince", and Bahadur means "brave" or "most honourable". The equivalent title for Muslim and Parsi subjects was Khan Bahadur. For Sikhs it was Sardar Bahadur.

Those awarded the Rai Sahib title were usually elevated to the next rank, that of Rao Bahadur, which was in turn below the rank of Dewan Bahadur.[1] These titles were subordinate to the two orders of knighthood, being: the lesser Order of the Indian Empire and the higher Order of the Star of India. A holder of a Rai Sahib, Rai Bahadur or Diwan Bahadur title came lower in the order of precedence.

Some people awarded the Rao Bahadur title

See also


  1. ^ Jalan, Aditya (2009). "Dewan Bahadur 1944-1954". Quila House and the Jalan Collection: A Brief Introduction. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ Gubbi Thotadappa
  3. ^ Vandayar, Veeriya (September 19, 2009). "Rao Bahadur A.Veeriya Vandayar death anniversary". The Hindu.
  4. ^ Vandayar (October 1, 2014). "Vandayar -Poondi Zamindari family". Deccan chronicle.
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ a b c d The Indian biographical dictionary, by C. Hayavando Rao, 1915 (page 27)
  7. ^ Imperial Gazetteer of India, v. 10, p.218..
  8. ^ "INSA :: Deceased Fellow Detail". www.insaindia.res.in. Retrieved .

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