|Khan Bahadur Medal|
|Awarded for||Public service|
|Presented by||Viceroy & Governor-General of India on behalf of the Government of British-occupied India. Civil decoration|
|Eligibility||Muslim and non-Hindu native Indians|
|Status||Discontinued since 1947|
|Equivalent||Rai Bahadur (for Hindus)|
|Next (lower)||Khan Sahib|
Khan Bahadur – a compound of khan (leader) and bahadur (brave) – was a formal title of respect and honor, which was conferred exclusively on Muslim and other non-Hindu natives of British India. It was one degree higher than the title of Khan Sahib.
The title was conferred on individuals for faithful service or acts of public welfare to the Empire. Recipients were entitled to prefix the title to their name and were presented with a special Title Badge and a citation (or sanad). It was conferred on behalf of the Government of British India by the Viceroy and Governor-General of India.
The title was dis-established in 1947 upon the independence of India.
The title "Khan Bahadur" was originally conferred in Mughal India on Muslim subjects in recognition of public services rendered and was adopted by British India for the same purpose and extended to cover other non-Hindu subjects of India. Hindu subjects of British-occupied India were conferred the title of "Rai Bahadur".
The following is a chronological list of selected recipients (the list below is not exhaustive):
- 1881: Khan Bahadur Khuda Bakhsh C.I.E, Former Chief Justice of Hyderabad State, Founder of Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Library
- Raja Mir Syed Muhammad Baquar Ali Khan C.I.E. of Morni, Kotaha and Pindrawal
- 1887 Nawab Sirjaul Islam
- Mian Ghulam Farid Khan Bahadur, former Extra-Assistant Commissioner in Punjab and Honorary Magistrate of Batala. Title conferred on 30 May 1891.
- Khan Bahadur khalifullah Rowther Sahib, Dewan of Pudukkottai State
- 1905 Muhammad Habibullah was awarded the title of Khan Bahadur by the Indian government
- 14 June 1912: Khan Bahadur Sayed Rustom Ali (Registrar, Court of the Political Resident, Aden).
- 1912: Khan Bahadur, Nadir Husain, District Superintendent of Police, Bengal.
- 1914: Khan Bahadur Muhammad Hira Khan, (Civil Engineer from University of Roorkee (Gold Medalist); Supervisor, Public Works Department, Lucknow, United Provinces.
- 1915: Khan Bahadur Syed Abdul Majid, CIE (Bengali politician, lawyer and entrepreneur)
- 1923: Khan Bahadur Mian Muhammad Said, Bar-at-law, British-Indian Police and Minister in Royal State of Kapurthala.
- 1925: Khan Bahadur Maulvi Alimuzzaman Chaudhuri. M.L.C. Landholder and Chairman, District Board and Municipality, Faridpur.
- 1929: Khan Bahadur Major General Fateh Naseeb Khan, Alwar State, Rajputana
- 1930: Khan Bahadur, Syed Niaz Qutb (also spelled as Qutab), Postmaster General.
- 1931: Khan Bahadur Maulvi Muhammad Fazlul Karim, Magistrate, collector, and administrator of Refugees, Bengal.
- 1935: Sheikh Abdullah (1874–1965), Indian educationalist, social reformer, lawyer, and the founder of Women's College, Aligarh.
- 1936: Khan Bahadur Waliur Rahman, Planter and Proprietor of several tea gardens in Duars, Assam.
- 1937: Khan Bahadur Muhammad Humayun, District Collector 1937-1939, ICS - Nellore.
- 1938: Khan Bahadur Maulvi Muhammad Yahya, (retd.) Dy. Magte. and Dy. Collector and Chief Manager, Dacca Nawab Estate
- 1943: Khan Bahadur Yousof Hossain Chaudhury, Vice-President, District School Board, Faridpur.
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- Islam, Sirajul; Miah, Sajahan; Khanam, Mahfuza; Ahmed, Sabbir, eds. (2012). "Islam, Nawab Sirajul". Banglapedia: the National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Online ed.). Dhaka, Bangladesh: Banglapedia Trust, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. ISBN 984-32-0576-6. OCLC 52727562. Retrieved 15 August 2022.
- Who’s Who in India. Newal Kishore Press, Lucknow. 1911.
- Aḥmad Saʻīd (1997). Muslim India, 1857–1947: a biographical dictionary. Institute of Pakistan Historical Research. p. 144.
- Bahadur, R. (1912). Who's who in India - Supplement. Рипол Классик. ISBN 9785872301257.
- Second Supplement to Who's Who in India. Lucknow Newul Kishore Press. 1914
- Second Supplement of Who's Who in India brought up to 1914. Lucknow Newul Kishore Press. 1914. Archived from the original on 12 July 2020. Alt URL
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- The Quarterly Civil List for Bengal. Corrected up to 1st April 1930. Appendix. Part II. List of Title-Holders and Recipients of Decorations, etc., in Bengal. Page No. 67
- Report of the Committee of Bengal Chamber of Commerce, published in year 1931. Proceedings of the Annual General Meeting 1932, i to xxi. Bengal Chamber of Commerce, India. 1931.
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- The India Office and Burma Office List ... Harrison and sons, Limited. 1928. p. 950.
- Vārshika Riporṭa. Department of India Posts and Telegraphs, British Government of India. 1929.
- Government of Bengal. The Bengal Civil List (Published annually). Corrected up to 1 July 1944. No. 279. Part II - List of Persons in Bengal Holding Titles Conferred or Recognized by His Excellency The Viceroy. Page 443
- "The Other Sheikh Abdullah". 24 September 2015. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015.
- "Aligarh Muslim University || Halls". www.amu.ac.in.
- The Bengal Civil List (Published half yearly) corrected up to 1 January 1937; Appendix – List of Title-Holders and Recipients of Decorations, etc. Page 696
- Government of Madras (2004). Gazetteer of the Nellore District: Brought Upto 1938. Asian Educational Services. p. 254. ISBN 978-81-206-1851-0.
- Government of Bengal. The Bengal Civil List (Published annually). Corrected up to 1 July 1944. No. 279. Part II - List of Persons in Bengal Holding Titles Conferred or Recognized by His Excellency The Viceroy. Page 444
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- 1944: "Khan Bahadur Sardar Aurangzeb", the raees of Malal, As an Assistant Commissioner in the Indian Civil Services. (Published annually). Corrected up to 1 July 1944. No. 279. Part II - List of Persons in Bengal Holding Titles Conferred or Recognized by His Excellency The Viceroy. Page 445
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