Rao Sahib / Rao Saheb / 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".
Image of the medal awarded during reign of George VI. To see another image of Rao Sahib medal see link
This was the start level title usually awarded to civilians, which could later be upgraded to Rao Bahadur and then to Dewan Bahadur titles.
The title styled Rao 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 Rao 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 Rao Saheb/ Rao Sahib title
Dinkarrao Yashwantrao Rajurkar - Descendant of Jahagirdar & Ruling family of Rajura (Rao) & also MLC till 1949 when he died.
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 Isaac Newton's Rule for finding the Number of Imaginary Square Roots in an Equation".
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