West Bengal wins battle over rosogolla sweet origin from Odisha today

Ashley Carr
November 15, 2017

Bhubaneswar: Hours after people of Odisha were left heartbroken with the news that West Bengal has got the Geographical Indication (GI) tag for the mouth-watering syrupy sweet "rasagolla", GI Registry came up with a clarification that the approved GI tag earned by the Bengal is for "Banglar rosogolla".

After yesterday's GI announcement, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is in London, celebrated the news with a tweet saying: "Sweet news for us all".

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

After settling the conflict over the origiin of the sweet, Bengal was given the Geographical Indication (GI) tag.

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

It has been a long tug of war with both the states locking horns over the origin of the sweet.

The two eastern states have been locked in a bitter fight over the GI registration of the rosogolla since 2015.

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Odisha has been claiming that Rasagola originated in the state and it was offered at Sri Jagannath Temple as well.

It is believed that despite historical evidences and proofs, Odisha government failed to go aggressive to secure a GI tag for Rasagola.

According to CNN-News18 report, the tussle escalated in June 2015, after Odisha's science and technology minister Pradip Kumar Panigrahi set up committees to chalk out the origin of the dish.

However, Odisha had claimed that 600 years ago they had Rosgulla.

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

State Food Processing Minister Abdur Rezzak Mollah expressed his "happiness and relief" and recalled the state had earlier secured the GI tag for "Joynagarer Moa", a mouth-watering winter snack made of puffed rice and palm jaggery.

A GI tag is a sort of intellectual property identifier recognising the origin of a product. We are all so happy.

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