Rosogolla Belongs To Bengal, Not Odisha: GI authorities

Rosogolla Belongs To Bengal, Not Odisha: GI authorities

The pearly white favorite, while popularly synonymous with Bengal, found itself amid a bitter, cultural tug-of-war in September 2015 when Odisha raised formal objection to West Bengal's Geographical Indication (GI) claim over the sweet that the neighboring state also holds dear to itself.

Tweeted Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, "Sweet news for us all".

When we talk about candies, nothing can beat the spongy, syrupy Rosogolla.

However, a state government official said the West Bengal government has got the GI tag for "Banglar Rosogolla", not for "Rasagola" in general.

The GI authorities in Chennai ruled that West Bengal is the origin of the sweet.

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India, as a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), enacted the Geographical Indications of Goods in 2003.

The sweet, dipped in sugary syrup, which is a favourite across the country, has for always been at the centre of a bitter tussle between the two States, with each claiming it as their invention.

"We will scrutinize the GI order". The controversy over the past several years has now been resolved between the West Bengal and the Odisha Government over its claim on Rosgulla.

It was a day of celebration at "Rosogolla Bhawan", the family home of Nabin Chandra Das, the inventor of Rosogolla. After media reports of Odisha's claim to be the birth place of Rosogolla and following initiative to get a GI tag on the sweet, the West Bengal government and sweet makers presented documents to prove them wrong. Abdur Rezzak Mollah, food processing minister in Banerjee's cabinet, told Hindustan Times that he was "happy and relieved". We are all so happy. However the strongest contender remains the Mishti Doi (sweet curd) of West Bengal. Led by the eminent scholar Asit Mohanty, the committees were to look into facts regarding the origin of rosogulla in Odisha and collect "conclusive evidence" to bolster the state's claim to rosogulla's legacy.

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