Rosogolla Belongs To Bengal, Not Odisha: GI authorities

Ivan Schwartz
November 15, 2017

On Tuesday, West Bengal won the two-and-a-half-year-old bitter battle over Rosogolla with Chennai-based Geographical Indications (GI) Registry announcing that one of India's signature candies originated in West Bengal and not Odisha.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee too congratulated statement on the news, calling it a happy and proud moment.

When we talk about candies, nothing can beat the spongy, syrupy Rosogolla.

A few years ago, things got serious when the West Bengal government filed a court petition along with an application for a Geographical Indication (GI) recognition for the Rasgolla.

On Tuesday, the federal commerce and industry ministry ruled that the sweet originated from West Bengal, giving it the coveted "geographical indications" tag. Virtually every dignitary visiting West Bengal - from Fidel Castro to Diego Maradona - was offered this signature sweet during state dinners. This means Odisha may continue to lay historical claim to its own form of Rasagola or Kheermohan. We examined all the evidence and conferred the GI tag for Banglar Rasogolla.

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More importantly, the GI Registrar office at Chennai told The New Indian Express that Odisha has not so far applied for any GI tag.

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

Meanwhile, renowned researchers in the State, however, claimed there is still time for Odisha government to submit its documentary evidence to get the GI tag for Odisha's rasagolla and rasagolla as well. He had stated that there is conclusive evidence that Rosogolla has existed in the state for about 600 years.

Bengal claimed that the sweet developed by Nobind Chandra Das in 1860 is the original and different from the sweet that Odisha was claiming as the original sweet, media reported. We are all so happy. A GI tag certifies a region as the source of origin of a food product, guaranteeing a certain standard or authenticity.

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