Rai Sahib

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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, sahib means "leader".[1][2]

Image of the medal awarded during reign of George VI. To see another image of Rai Sahib medal see link[3]

This was the start level title usually awarded to civilians, which could later be upgraded to Rao Bahadur and then to Dewan Bahadur titles.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

Some people awarded the Rai Saheb/ Rao Saheb title[edit]

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  2. ^ Hanklyn-janklin By Nigel B. Hankin. 2003. p. 404. 
  3. ^ Image of Rai Sahib Medal
  4. ^ "Quila House and the Jalan Collection: Dewan Bahadur". quilahouse.com. 
  5. ^ "British India: INDIAN TITLE BADGE (MYB # 327), RAI BAHADUR & RAI SAHIB MEDALS". worldofcoins.eu. Retrieved 2014-10-18. 
  6. ^ Introduction to the Constitution of India By Sharma, Sharma B.k.. 2007. p. 83.
  7. ^ "C.R. Krishnaswamy Rao Sahib passes away". 13 February 2013 – via The Hindu. 
  8. ^ https://www.google.co.in/search?q=rao+sahib+polisetti&num=100&client=firefox-b&source=lnms&tbm=bks&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi_toWi_prPAhUN72MKHbKMACEQ_AUIDigA&biw=1150&bih=657.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ K. Guru Dutt (1955). Chitrapur Saraswat Retrospect: A Historical and Sociological Study. B.B.D. Power Press. 
  10. ^ Thomas Peter (1937). The Royal Coronation Number and Who's who in India, Burma and Ceylon. Sun Publishing House. 
  11. ^ "Ordering images". The British Library. Retrieved 2016-04-09. 
  12. ^ Assembly, Central Provinces and Berar (India) Legislative (1 January 1937). Legislative Assembly Proceedings [Official Report] – via Google Books. 
  13. ^ Committee, Central Provinces and Berar (India) Economy (1 January 1938). Report of the Economy Committee, 1938. Government Print., C.P. & Berar – via Google Books. 
  14. ^ Council, Central Provinces (India) Legislative (1 January 1936). Proceedings of the Legislative Council of the Governor of the Central Provinces [Official Report] – via Google Books. 
  15. ^ Dalvi, Dinanath Atmaram (1 January 1869). An Examination of Sir Isaac Newton's Rule for Finding the Number of Imaginary Roots in an Equation: With Geometrical and Mechanical Theorems and a Trigonometrical Formula. Education Society's Press, Byculla – via Google Books. 
  16. ^ [1][dead link]
  17. ^ "The India Office and Burma Office List". 1 January 1888 – via Google Books. 
  18. ^ "Padma Bhushan Dr. Dukhan Ram". Association of Otolaryngologists of India. 2013. Retrieved July 9, 2016. 

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