West Bengal Wins The Battle For Rosogolla


West Bengal and Odisha have been engaged in a legal battle over the origin of the sweet since June 2015.

Odisha had claimed that the sweet originated in the Jagannath Temple of Puri and has been around since the 12th century.

West Bengal on Tuesday, November 14, may just have won the bragging rights for the claim of the origin of the Rasgulla, after the iconic sweetmeat that has come to be associated so closely with the state and its inhabitants was awarded the coveted Geographical Indication (GI) tag from the official patent registrars.

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

Bengal and Odisha have been locked in a bitter fight over the GI registration of rosgulla since 2015. He had stated that there is conclusive evidence that Rosogolla has existed in the state for about 600 years.

As per the reports today, the Chennai based geographical indications registry has announced that India's signature sweet rasgulla is belonged to West Bengal state, not in Odisha.

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It was a day of celebration at "Rosogolla Bhawan", the family home of Nabin Chandra Das, the inventor of Rosogolla.

Following this, the West Bengal government made a decision to fight this claim legally by providing evidence that the dessert was, in fact, created by noted sweet-maker Nabin Chandra Das in 1868.

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". Abdur Rezzak Mollah, food processing minister in Banerjee's cabinet, told Hindustan Times that he was "happy and relieved".

"Odisha and its coastal towns have forever been attractions for tourists from Bengal". We are all so happy.

In reaction to it Odisha Finance Minister Shashi Bhusan Behera said "An application is under process with the Science and Technology, MSME and Industry departments and Odisha will get the GI tag after submitting the application".

"The state government has borne the entire expenditure of the fight", added Das.