Rai Sahib / Rao Sahib / Roy Sahib, abbreviated R.S., was a title of honour issued during the era of British rule in India to individuals who performed great service in visionary leadership to the nation. The title was accompanied by a medal. Translated, Rao means "Prince" "sahib means "leader".
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. Whereas, another spelling variation Roy Sahib was awarded to Hindu people of Bengal region of British India.
The Rai Sabib/Rao Sahib/Roy Sahib and other similar titles issued during British Raj were disestablished in 1947 upon independence of India.
Some people awarded the Rai Saheb/ Rao Saheb title
- Nagendra Kumar Bhattacharyya - Commissioner of Berhampore 1932-1948, Murshidabad District, West Bengal
- Ramnath Goenka, Bombay - newspaper editor and businessman
- Mulji Jagmal Sawaria, Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh - miner
- Rettamalai Srinivasan, was an Indian Revolutionary and Dalit politician.
- Ruda Ladha Chawra, Hoshangabad - industrialist
- Koovarji Karsan Rathor - businessman from Cuttack
- C. R. Krishnaswamy Rao, Padma Vibhushan, Madras - Indian administrative officer.
- Polisetti Ranganayakulu Naidu, Rao Sahib, Madras - Great Engineer in Madras Presidency.
- Ganpatrao Narayanrao Madiman - businessman and banker.
- Rao Bahadur Dinkarrao Yashwantrao Rajurkar - Descendant of Jahagirdar & Ruling family of Rajura (Rao) & also MLC till 1949 when he died.
- Rao Saheb Dinanath Atmaram Dalvi-MA LLB,(1844- 10/2/1897) SubJudge,later Subordinate Judge Bombay Presidency, Senior Dakshina Fellow Elphinstone College Bombay,Fellow Bombay University and Author of the book " An Examination of Sir Issac Newton's Rule for finding the Number of Imaginary Square Roots in an Equation".
- Dukhan Ram - Indian ophthalmologist, legislator and Padma Bhushan recipient
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