Rasgulla: West Bengal gets GI Status over Odisha for Rosogolla

It's official Rasgulla belongs to West Bengal not Odisha

The battle over rasgulla between Odisha and West Bengal going since two years and finally, it is settled under the GI Act.

A couple of years ago, Odisha had claimed that Rosogulla had originated from Puri's Jagannath Templ, where it has been a part of the religious rituals since centuries ago. The eastern state, known for its saccharine laden delicacies, West Bengal has once again proved that they are the king of candies by winning the Geographical Identification (GI) battle over one of India's signature candies rosogolla.

The confectioners of Odisha also organised an exhibition to make people aware about the state's claim over rosogolla.

"The GI authorities have ruled today that West Bengal is the origin of rosogolla". He was trying to come up with a new sweet for a number of years before he came up with it , As Reported By Hindustan Times.

Earlier in the day, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had tweeted that her State has been granted GI tag for 'Rosogolla'.

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West Bengal in its application had provided proof of origin - historical records dating back to 1896. "We are all happy that now we can say with full rights that rosogolla belongs to us". Abdur Rezzak Mollah, Food Processing Minister stated "Earlier we had fought a similar battle with other states over the GI of Joynogorer Mowa".

As per the documents submitted by the West Bengal government, the Rasgulla was invented by sweet maker Nabin Chandra Das in 1868.

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

The GI registration office is based in Chennai.

A descendent of Nabin Chandra Das thanked the Mamata Banerjee government for taking the lead in the fight.

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