Rosogolla belongs to Bengal; state defeats Odisha

A Hindustan Times report quoted Sanjay Bhattacharya, deputy controller of patents and designs in Kolkata, as saying: "It has been settled under the GI Act that authenticates a product relating to either a geographical location or community or society". And since then this famous sweet became news for everyone across India.

A few years ago, things got serious when the West Bengal government filed a court petition along with an application for a Geographical Indication (GI) recognition for the Rasgolla.

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government will seek Geographical Indication (GI) registration for 'Odishara Rasagolla, ' as per an official statement from the Chief Minister's office today.

The two states, Bengal and Odisha, had entered the fray to stake their claim on the dessert for far too long. Both state governments had formed various committees to find and collect relevant evidence so that they can stake their claim to the highly popular sweet Rasgulla. "We have not yet applied for the GI tag for Pahal Rasogolla".

Bengal informed the GI registrar that the one available in odisha is of a different variety.

The government termed West Bengal winning the GI tag on "rasagola" an "injustice to Odisha" as the sweet is rooted in Jagannath culture.

Veteran stage and screen personality Soumitra Chatterjee said: "Historically, it feels good to know officially that rosogolla was invented in Bengal". We are all so happy. While Bengal had gone on record to say that the delicacy was invented in erstwhile Calcutta by confectioner Nabin Chandra Das in 1868, Odisha claimed that it was invented in Puri, in the 13th century. He had stated that there is conclusive evidence that Rosogolla has existed in the state for about 600 years. However the strongest contender remains the Mishti Doi (sweet curd) of West Bengal. It would be interesting to see whether it can try and get a GI tag on "Odisha Rasagola" or "Odia Rasagola".

Vanessa Coleman

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