West Bengal Wins The Battle For Rosogolla

Odisha and Bengal have been locked in a bitter fight over the GI registration of rosogolla since 2015

Odisha and Bengal have been locked in a bitter fight over the GI registration of rosogolla since 2015

Rasgulla Originated from West Bengal: There occurs a case for more than two years for the most famous sweet Rasgulla about its origin between West Bengal and Odisha. The controversy over the past several years has now been resolved between the West Bengal and the Odisha Government over its claim on Rosgulla.

India, as member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), enacted the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration & Protection) Act, 1999 that came into force from September 15, 2003.

Bengal was given the Geographical Indication tag, which recognises a state as the origin of a product.

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee confirmed this "sweet news" following Tuesday's update. "We are very happy and proud that Bengal has been granted GI status for Rosogolla", Banerjee tweeted.

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Das's son Krishna Chandra (1869-1934) expanded the business his father set up and is credited with the invention of another popular sweet "rosomalai".

"Sweet news for us all". West Bengal was involved in a lengthy battle with Odisha, which too had claimed Rasogolla as its invention. Virtually every dignitary visiting West Bengal - from Fidel Castro to Diego Maradona - was offered this signature sweet during state dinners. "We had provided documents to prove our claim that Rosogolla originated from Bengal" stated Dhiman Das, Executive Director of K C Das Pvt Ltd and great grandson of Nabin Chandra Das. Abdur Rezzak Mollah, Food Processing Minister stated "Earlier we had fought a similar battle with other states over the GI of Joynogorer Mowa".

What is a GI tag?

The size of the mouth watering, spongy, white or half white syrupy dessert made of pure chhana dumpings varies from 3.7 to 6.2 cm and is in a ball like shape, says the description.

In the list are Chana Bora of Baharampur, Murshidabad; Kheeerer Pantuwa of Katwa of East Burdwan along with Pantua and Kancha Golla of Ranaghat, Nadia district.

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