The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has hailed the decision of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) for acknowledging Mai Bhago as ‘one of the most badass women in history’.
This acknowledgement by the BBC came on International Women’s Day. Besides Mai Bhago, the other two ‘most badass’ women were the Ching Sheh of China and Jeannette Rankin, the first woman to hold high office in the United States Congress.
While making the selection, BBC said, “Mai Bhago led 40-Sikhs into battle at Muktsar after they had deserted Guru Gobind Singh. She persuaded them to go back to the guru.”
Mai Bhago remained a loyal disciple of the guru and accompanied him to the south where he breathed his last at Nanded. Mai Bhago then settled down near Bidar in Karnataka and preached Sikhi. A gurdwara stands in her memory there.