Dewan Bahadur / Diwan Bahadur was a title of honor awarded during British Raj. It was awarded to individuals who had performed great service to the nation. It is the equivalent of an OBE. The title was accompanied by a medal called a Title Badge. Dewan literally means Prime Minister in Indian context and Bahadur means brave.
Further, the Prime Ministers of Indian Princely States were known as Dewan/Diwan. They were also given or promoted directly to the title of Dewan Bahadur by British authorities on being appointed as Dewan, to suit their post.
The Dewan Bahadur and other similar titles issued during British Raj were disestablished in 1947 upon independence of India.
List of people with Dewan Bahadur title
- R. Raghunatha Rao, Diwan of Indore
- K. P. Puttanna Chetty
- D. D. Thacker, of Jharia
- Ketoli Chengappa, Chief Commissioner of Kodagu (Coorg)
- C. S. Ratnasabhapathy Mudaliar, CBE was an Indian industrialist and politician.
- Rettamalai Srinivasan, was an Indian Revolutionary and Dalit politician.
- R. Venkata Ratnam of Madras
- P. T. Kumarasamy Chetty of Madras
- Sir Samuel Runganadhan, High Commissioner for India 1943-47
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- as rewarded successively with the titles “Rai Sahab”, “Rai Bahadur” and finally, towards the end of the Second World War, “Dewan Bahadur”.
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- The Message and Ministrations of Dewan Bahadur Sir R. Venkata Ratnam, Volume 3 by Sir R Venkata Ratnam, V. Ramakrishna Rao - 1924.
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