W.Bengal Wins The Rosogulla Fight With Odisha

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W.Bengal Wins The Rosogulla Fight With Odisha

Expressing her delight over the news, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is now in London, tweeted: "Sweet news for us all".

The Geographical Identification authorities ruled out today that it is Bengal where the popular rosogolla originated.

Bhubaneswar: Hours after people of Odisha were left heartbroken with the news that West Bengal has got the Geographical Indication (GI) tag for the mouth-watering syrupy sweet "rasagolla", GI Registry came up with a clarification that the approved GI tag earned by the Bengal is for "Banglar rosogolla". However, both Indian states, Odisha and Bengal variously claimed that the origination of this sweet dish. West Bengal was involved in a lengthy battle with Odisha, which too had claimed Rasogolla as its invention. GI is a tag which recognises a state as the origin of a product. Odisha made a claim on September 19 when West Bengal filed an application for the GI tag.

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.

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

The Odisha government set up three committees to look into the evidence regarding the origin of rosogolla in Odisha and its Science and Technology Minister Pradip Kumar Panigrahi claimed that more than one committee had pointed to "conclusive evidence" that "rasagola" (as the sweet is spelt in that state) was first made in Pahelgram close to Bhubaneswar. "We are all happy that now we can say with full rights that rosogolla belongs to us".

It is believed that Chandra took his recipe with him to Kolkata, the BBC report said.

West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said, "unnecessary controversy was initiated and a tug of war started for Rosogolla".

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