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Raj (Hindi: राज, Urdu: راج‎) in different contexts means "rule", "king", "ruler", "emperor" or "royalty" in the Sanskrit language families of the Indian sub-continent, including Romanes, its closest Indo-European relative. Raj is also a Polish, Bosnian, Croatian, Macedonian, and Serbian word meaning "paradise" or "heaven".

Raj or RAJ may refer to:

Indian history[edit]

  • British Raj, the British Empire in India (sometimes referred to as Indian Empire in the UK)
  • Company Raj, the British East India Company in the Indian subcontinent
  • Licence Raj, the former Indian system of elaborate licences, regulations and accompanying red tape
  • Mafia Raj, where public property and funds are controlled by a criminalised nexus of politicians and business interests

Ethnic group[edit]

  • Raj caste, a Hindu ethnic group in India and Pakistan
  • Raj, an ethnic group found in the Philippines known by their mix of Indians and Filipinos



Given name or nickname[edit]


  • 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

Fictional characters[edit]


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