Sweet success: West Bengal gets GI tag for rosogolla

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West Bengal won the Geographical Indication for Rasagolla

A favourite nearly all over India, the rasgulla has been at the centre of a long-drawn tussle between the states of Odisha and West Bengal.

GIs are signs used on products that possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin.

Odisha's MSME Minister Prafulla Samal said the state government would urge officials of Chennai-based GI Registrar to visit Odisha for verification of the origin of rasagolla.

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

According to CNN-News18 report, the tussle escalated in June 2015, after Odisha's science and technology minister Pradip Kumar Panigrahi set up committees to chalk out the origin of the dish.

West Bengal's chief minister Mamata Banerjee welcomed the decision saying in a Twitter post it was "sweet news for us all". West Bengal argued that the sweet was invented in 1868 by confectioner Nobin Chandra Das, whose son later founded the famous sweetmeat chain KC Das. 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.

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

Rosogulla has finally been lapped up by West Bengal and now the argument will finally be laid to rest. We are all so happy. People of Bengal who are known to take their candies very seriously made a beeline for the sweet shops specially KC Das to renew their sweet affair with this iconic sweet.

Fortunately for the sweet as well as for all its lovers West Bengal won the legal battle and was granted the GI or the Geographical Indication status for the sweet.

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. It would be interesting to see whether it can try and get a GI tag on "Odisha Rasagola" or "Odia Rasagola".

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