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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. Translated,  Rao means "prince", and means "brave" or "most honourable". Bestowed mainly on Bahadur Hindus, the equivalent title for Muslim and Parsi subjects was . For Khan Bahadur Sikhs it was Sardar Bahadur.
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. 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. 
Some people awarded the Rao Bahadur title
M. Jambulingam Mudaliar, great Philanthropist and freedom fighter who gave 620 acre land to establish NLC India Limited
Kurma Venkata Reddy Naidu, Chief Minister of Madras Presidency.
Puttana Venkatramana Raju, Industrial Advisor to Govt. of India, Engineer, Educationist. Satyen Nath (S.N.) Mukherjee, First Indian origin Deputy Commissioner of Indian Police, Calcutta.
  
A. Veeriya Vandayar, philanthropist.
A. Savarinatha Pillai, Asst Commissioner Of Income Tax, Madras Presidency, Winner of King's Coronation Award for Distinguished Public Service, London 
C. Jambulingam Mudaliar, Indian politician and freedom-fighter.
Ranchhodlal Chhotalal, textile mill pioneer and philanthropist
Gubbi Thotadappa, Dharmachathra Founder, Karnataka.
Chhotu Ram, Minister for Agriculture and Home Affairs, erstwhile Punjab, 1945. Dr. Ram Dhan Singh, pioneer agricultural scientist, Principal, College of Agriculture Lyallpur, Erstwhile Punjab, 1947.
P. K. Monnappa, South Indian Police Chief of three states, Madras, Hyderabad and Mysore.
Kailash Chandra Bose, CIE, OBE, first Knighted Indian Physician. 
Rai Saligram, Pipal Mandi, Agra
Seth Vishandas Nihalchand, Sindhi politician, social reformer, philanthropist Rai Bahadur Jagan Nath Bhandari
Raj Ratan, Dewan of Idar State 
Chaudhary Dewan Chand Saini, MBE, Gurdaspur, Punjab
Ranadaprasad Saha, philanthropist
Jagmal Raja Chauhan, industrialist and noted railway contractor
Jairam Valji Chauhan, industrialist
Gujar Mal Modi, Founder of the Modi Group
Mohan Singh Oberoi, founder of Oberoi Group
Tirath Singh Bakshi
Amba Prasad, philanthropist of Delhi
Jamnalal Bajaj, industrialist (he later returned the title)  Dharmarathnakara
Arcot Narrainsawmy Mudaliar, philanthropist.
Purna Chandra Lahiri, Indian Police Officer, Calcutta
S. A. Saminatha Iyer, Indian independence activist. Sardar Bahadur
Jagat Singh (Sant), Lyallpur, pre-partition Punjab
Upendranath Brahmachari, Bengal Presidency, Discovery of urea stibamine for the treatment of Kala Azar Sadashiva Jairam Dehadrai, Professor of Sanskrit, Jabalpur College.
 Rajendranath Dutt, judge, Bengal
 Babu Ram Sadan Bhattacharji, deputy magistrate, Bengal
 Babu Bahadur Singh, honorary magistrate, Pilibhit
 Sahu Parsotam Saran Kothiwala, member of the district board, Moradabad
 Soti Raghubans Lal, subordinate judge, Shahjehanpur
 Sadh Achraj Lal, honorary magistrate and member of the municipal board, Mirzapur
 Babu Shuhrat Singh, Zemindar of Chandpur and honorary magistrate, Basti
 Balkishen Kaul, surgeon, lecturer, and superintendent of Lahore Medical college
 Priya Nath Dutt, assistant registrar, Punjab University
 Lada Damodar Das, extrajudicial assistant commissioner in the Punjab
 Lala Jai Lal, member of the Municipal Committee, Simla
 Jwala Prasad, government pleader
 Babu Nalini Kanta Ray, Dastidar of Assam
 Betharam Sarma, sub-deputy collector, Tezpur, Assam
 Dewan Jaggatnath, secretary to the municipal committee and district board, Dera Ismail Khan
 Seth Sarupchand Hukamchand, merchant, Indore
 Manik Lal Joshi, chief minister of Bundi, Rajputana
 Akshey Kumar Sarkar, superintendent, Department of Commerce and Industry, Government of India
 Yele Mallappa Shettaru, Philanthropy, 1887, Constructed Bangalore's first obstetrics hospital, Funded Vani Vilas Hospital construction, Restored Kaadu Malleshwara Temple, Bangalore
 Raghunath Sharan, District Judge in Bihar 
Title Badge (India)
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"Jamnalal Bajaj". The Print . Retrieved 2020.
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The Indian biographical dictionary, by C. Hayavando Rao, 1915 (page 26)
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The Indian biographical dictionary, by C. Hayavando Rao, 1915 (page 27)