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.
This title was above Rao Bahadur title and usually people with Rao Bahadur were elevated to status of Dewan Bahadur.
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.
List of people with Dewan Bahadur title
- 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.
- R. Venkata Ratnam of Madras
- P. T. Kumarasamy Chetty of Madras
- Role of Press and Indian Freedom Struggle: All Through the Gandhian Era By A. S. Iyengar. 2001. p. 280.
- Introduction to the Constitution of India By Sharma, Sharma B.k. 2007. p. 83.
- as rewarded successively with the titles “Rai Sahab”, “Rai Bahadur” and finally, towards the end of the Second World War, “Dewan Bahadur”.
- Proceedings of the Indian Science Congress, Volume 37
- The Message and Ministrations of Dewan Bahadur Sir R. Venkata Ratnam, Volume 3 by Sir R Venkata Ratnam, V. Ramakrishna Rao - 1924.