19 Responses to “Mai Bhago”

  1. Ramen

    Do the Sikhs still believe in that egalitarianism? Curious

  2. Ramen

    Thanks a bunch!

  3. Pritha Bose

    Ok, this is going to be a long list of request.
    Jason love what you have done with Sita, Mai Bhago and Neerja Bhanot. hence would request you to add some more Indian women. For Example :-
    1. Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi
    2. Rani Durgavati of Gondwana
    3. Rani Padmini
    4. Rani Samyukta
    5. Rani Chennamma of Kittur (I know a lot of ranis on the list)
    6. Rani Ahilya Bai Holkar
    7. Rani Jijabai
    8. Rani Abakka
    9. Sultana Razia
    10. Begum Hazrat Mahal
    11. Madam Bhikaji Cama
    12. Captain Lakshmi Sehgal
    13. Chand Bibi or Chand Sultana
    14. Rani Avantibai
    15. Indira Gandhi

    In mythology Durga or Kali. Other than Indian if you could create something about Helen Keller, Rosa Parks, Edith Cavell………Waiting and thanks in advance

  4. Jason Porath

    Thanks for the suggestions! I had nearly all of them on my list already — but Ahilyabai Holkar was new to me, so thank you!

    If you have further suggestions, please use the contact form. It is difficult to keep track of correspondence across comments, facebook, tumblr, twitter, instagram, etc. :)

  5. harpreet kaur jass

    Mai Bhago and many other sikh women still continue to inspire the sikh women of my generation to stand by the truth!

  6. Jasbir Kaur

    I would like you to correct something in this story.

    “atfter months of this, with heavy hearts, forty of them forsook the
    religion and left the Khalsa, in order to return to their normal lives.”
    This line is not true. Guru’s Sikh were so strong willed that they never left him in any situation. The forty Sikh plus Mai Bhago were Sikh who gathered after hearing what happened to Guru at Anandpur Sahib. They left together to serve Guruji.

  7. Jason Porath

    Could I trouble you to provide me a source to verify that? Respectfully, I have heard it differently in all other tellings of the story I’ve come across.

  8. Jasbir Kaur



    I don’t know if you can understand punjabi but above are two people who studied Sikh history and give full detail with example from the history.
    First video individual Col Surjit S Nishan is a Sikh scholar and Bhai Harjinder Singh Sabhra is a Sikh preacher and professor of Gurmat Gian Missionary College.

    Anyway there are so many example of Sikh in history that this can never be true. True Sikhs are not afraid of death.

  9. Jason Porath

    I can’t understand Punjabi, no.

    Here are some citations in books that contradict your claims. As a non-Sikh English speaker, this is what I had to go on:

    “…some of the Sikhs of the neighborhood who had gone to Anandpur to fight for Guru Gobind Singh had deserted him in adverse conditions”

    “…40 Sikhs had abandoned the Guru during the siege of Anandpur…”

    “The forty Sikhs resigned from the Khalsa and signed a disclaimer saying ‘We reject you as our Guru and we renounce our allegiance to the Khalsa.'”

  10. Jasbir Kaur

    Well at this point I don’t have any book reference. Sikhs did not deserted the Guru instead the people of Anandpur deserted the Guru.

  11. Jason Porath

    Then unfortunately, we might be at a bit of an impasse. :-/ Without being able to verify what you’re saying, I don’t feel comfortable amending the entry.

  12. Manmeet Kaur

    Please don’t do indira Gandhi, she was the leader of the Sikh Genocide in 1984- not a princess, but a villain moreso. On a different note, you should post about Jodha, the empress of India (wife of Akbar)

  13. Pfenix

    I’ve read this many times, because I do love the entries on the bad-ass women, and somehow just now caught this.

    “Kaur being a surname all female Khalsa take, which trasnlates to “princess.”


  14. Sargun Ahkmenrah

    Mate they did leave, the papers they signed basically say the renounced Guru ji. Guru ji kept those papers, so later when he asked one man who was still breathing what he wished for as he had fought bravely in battle, the man asked for the very papers to be ripped up. So Guru ji took them out and ripped them up. If you don’t believe me, just know that one of my father’s teachers was the greatest Sikh historians of all time, so trust me when I say this I know my shit.

  15. Manjot

    Your research is correct, there were 40 Sikhs who abandoned the 10th guru.
    Mai Bhago did bring them back in the end, and Guru Gobind Singh forgave them by tearing apart the contract saying that they don’t mean anything to one another.

  16. Manjot

    There’s a category for “Wicked Ladies”. If Wu Zetian, an emperor who may have killed her own infant daughter, can be on the list, Indira should be as well.
    I agree with you on Jodhabai though!

  17. Hana - Marmota

    The greater argument against her is how recent she is.