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West Bengal wins GI battle for ‘Rosogolla’

Hindustan Times

It was sweet victory for West Bengal after a bitter feud over one of India’s most celebrated desserts. On Tuesday, the Geographical Indications (GI) registry announced that the rosogolla (also known as rasgulla) originated in the state, and not in Odisha, reports the Hindustan Times.

“This has been settled under the GI Act that authenticates products to either geographical locations or to communities or societies,” said Sanjay Bhattacharya, deputy controller of patents and designs in Kolkata, declaring the end to a tussle going back two-and-a-half years and a debate raging for decades. “Sweet news for us all. We are very happy and proud that #Bengal has been granted GI status for rosogolla,” West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee wrote on Twitter after the news broke. Abdur Rezzak Mollah, food processing minister in Banerjee’s cabinet, told Hindustan Times that he was “happy and relieved”. “Earlier, we fought successfully with other states to get the GI registration for the Joynagarer Moa, a popular winter snack made of puffed rice and palm jaggery,” Mollah added.

The battle for the rasogolla intensified in 2015 when Odisha’s science and technology minister Pradip Kumar Panigrahi said that more than one committee set up to trace the origin of the sweet had pointed to “conclusive evidence” that ‘rosagolla’ (which is how the dessert is spelt in the state) existed for about 600 years. Odisha contended that historical research proved that the ‘rasagolla’ originated in Puri. Its first avatar was ‘kheer mohana’, which later evolved into ‘pahala rasagolla’.

 

 

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