Rasgulla war won by West Bengal; gets official GI tag

15 November, 2017, 00:54 | Author: Regina Lloyd
  • Finally Bengal wins 'Rosogolla war' over Odisha

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, now in London, called it a "sweet news". "We are very happy and proud that #Bengal has been granted GI status for rosogolla".

Fortunately for the sweet as well as for all its lovers West Bengal won the legal battle and was granted the GI or the Geographical Indication status for the sweet.

"The GI authorities have ruled today that West Bengal is the origin of rosogulla", Sanjay Bhattacharya, deputy controller of patents and designs in Kolkata, told the Hindustan Times. The announcement ended a two-and-a-half-year-old bitter dispute between Odisha and West Bengal over the origin of the Rosogolla, our Delhi correspondent reported. There are several evidences that the sweet dish originated in Odisha and not in West Bengal, said researcher on Jagannath Cult Asit Mohanty, who had submitted the report to the then Science and Technology Minister Pradeep Panigrahy in July past year. West Bengal was involved in a lengthy battle with Odisha, which too had claimed Rasogolla as its invention.

Now the day of celebration for West Bengal is here after the win over rosogolla origin.




In 2015, its science and technology minister Pradip Kumar announced the setting up of a committee that would trace the "actual" origin of the sweet.

"Sweet news for us all. We are all happy that now we can say with full rights that rosogolla belongs to us". A GI tag means that Rasgulla from only a specific place has been recognised, and Odisha may argue that this has no bearing on history of the Rasgola - formerly Kheermohan - that has apparently been served up as a divine offering for centuries. "They took all related papers and other information from us to prove the claim that Nabin Chandra had invented rossogolla (as he named it)", said Dhiman Das, director of confectioners K.C. Das.

Odisha's MSME Minister Prafulla Samal said the state government would urge officials of Chennai-based GI Registrar to visit Odisha for verification of the origin of rasagolla.

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