Kaiser-i-Hind medal

The Kaiser-i-Hind medal was given by the British monarchy between the years of 1900 to 1947 to honour civilians of any birthplace that showed distinguished service towards advancing the common interests of the British Raj.

It was first instituted by Queen Victoria in 1900 on April 10th and is literally translated to mean “Emperor of India.”  The UK never officially rescinded the medal, but the Kaiser-i-Hind medal was logically not awarded after 1947 passed and India was granted independence.

There were three grades of the Kasier-i-Hind medal with gold given by the ruling monarch, and silver and bronze awarded by a viceroy.  Gold was logically the highest honour that could be received and bars could be given although none were distributed during the time period for which it was awarded.

It had an oval shape and the Royal Cipher on the front side with the words “Kaiser-i-Hind for Public Service in India” on the reverse side and was hung by a midnight blue ribbon.

Ghandi was the most famous person to ever receive the Kaiser-i-Hind medal in 1915 for his work with the ambulatory services of South Africa, however he returned the medal soon after in 1920 to protest the massacre that occurred in the Indian temple at JallianWalla Bagh.