Rosogolla Belongs To Bengal, Not Odisha: GI authorities

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The two states, Bengal and Odisha, had entered the fray to stake their claim on the dessert for far too long.

West Bengal and Odisha have been arguing over the origins of rosogolla, which means a ball of sweet.

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

In a unconventional development, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday awarded Sweet Geographical Status (GI) status for Rosogolla.

While it seems that Bengal has won, the GI tag benefits for a ubiquitous sweet like rosogulla overall appear marginal and the battle at least in part being about stoked regional sentiments as it is neither a prominent export product nor will its legally-affixed place of origin necessarily alter its prized qualities for a food taster. "We are very happy and proud that #Bengal has been granted GI status for rosogolla".

The GI tag was primarily developed with the objective of recognising the unique identity connecting different products and places. The residence of the Das family on 532 Rabindra Sarani is - no prize for guessing - known as Rosogolla Bhavan.Down the decades, Bengalis have taken huge pride in the spongy sweet. We are all so happy.

In North Dinajpur district's Raiganj, a sweetmeat shop treated children to rosogolla.

Senior examiner, GI Chennai, Prasant Kumar said Odisha can always apply for its "Rasagola" with proper documents to substantiate its claims on origin of "Odia Rasagola".

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

The same thing was also stated by another official from GI Registry in order to make the matter clear for one and all.

"The state government has borne the entire expenditure of the fight", added Das. K.C. Das was the son of Nabin Chandra.

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