Sunday, 19 November, 2017

West Bengal beats Odisha in Rosogolla war, gets GI tag

Finally Bengal wins 'Rosogolla war' over Odisha Sweet news! Bengal granted Geographical Indication status for Rosogolla, says Mamata Banerjee
Kenny Thornton | 14 November, 2017, 15:53

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday expressed happiness over the state having been awarded with Geographical Indication (GI) status for its iconic sweet, Rosogolla.

When contacted, Head of office of Geographical Indications Intellectual Property India Chinnaraja G. Naidu confirmed that the GI tag had been given to both. "We are very happy and proud that #Bengal has been granted GI. status for Rosogolla", Banerjee tweeted.

The first committee would look into facts and evidence regarding the origin of Rasgulla in Odisha, the second would study the ground, based on which West Bengal is making its claim.

Odisha had claimed that the sweetmeat originated from the Jagannath Temple in Puri, where it is a part of the religious rituals since the 12th century.

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This marked an end to a tug of war between West Bengal and Odisha over origin of the syrupy sweet. However, writing about this news has definitely made our mouths water for the delectable sweet and we're sure you're going to visit your local sweet shop for some mouth watering rosogullas soon, isn't it?

The Geographical Identification authorities ruled out today that it is Bengal where the popular rosogolla originated.

The development comes mere days after a minister from the state had apparently said it would drag Odisha - the other state who lays claim to what it calls Rasagola - to court in order to get recognised as the birthplace of this delicious food item.

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"The government took all related documents and information from us to authenticate the claim that Nabin Chandra Das was indeed the inventor of rosogolla", said Dhiman Das, director of K C Das Pvt Ltd and a great great grandson of Nabin Chandra Das.

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