Abdul Gani (soldier)

Major Abdul Gani (c. 1915 – 11 November 1957) was a Bengali military officer,[1] who is considered the co-founder of the East Bengal Regiment.[2][3]

Abdul Gani
আবদুল গনি
Bornc. 1915
Died11 November 1957(1957-11-11) (aged 41–42)
Resting placeMainamati Cantonment, Comilla
Alma materCalcutta Islamia College

Early lifeEdit

Gani was born in Nagais village of Brahmanpara Upazila, Comilla District, Bengal (now in Bangladesh). He studied in Comilla, and later in Calcutta, where, in 1940, he graduated from Calcutta Islamia College.[1]

Military careerEdit

Abdul Gani joined the British Indian Army in 1941, during the Second World War. He was commissioned as a lieutenant and fought in the Burma sector. As a mark of his courage, he was nicknamed "Tiger Gani".[1]

Following the Partition of India, he was promoted to the post of captain in 1948. He was in charge of one of the Pioneer Companies of 1st East Bengal Regiment. He retired from the Army in 1954.[1][4]

Political careerEdit

Gani joined politics in 1954 and became a member of the East Pakistan Provincial Assembly as an independent candidate. During his tenure, he was instrumental in proposing the foundation of a Cadet College in East Pakistan.[1] He played a role in the Language movement of Bangladesh.[4]


Gani died on 11 November 1957, in Frankfurt, West Germany. He had gone there as the leader of the Pakistan delegation at World Veteran Soldiers' Conference. He was buried in Mainamati Cantonment in Comilla.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Haq, Muhammad Lutful (2012). "Gani, Major Abdul". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. (eds.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  2. ^ "Maj Abdul Gani". The Daily Star. 11 November 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Tributes paid to Major Ghani". The Daily Star. 12 November 2008. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  4. ^ a b BSS. "Khosru recalls contribution of Major Gani". bssnews.net. BSS. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2015.