WB granted GI status for Rosogolla, Mamata elated

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

Rosogulla, that mouth-watering delectable sweet had been at the center of a bitter tug-of-war between West Bengal and Odisha for over two-and-a-half-years. While Odisha claims that the sweetmeat originated from the Jagannath Temple in Puri in 12th century, West Bengal says that confectioner Nobin Chandra Das created the sweet in the 1860s. The World Trade Organisation's GI is a sign that identifies a product's origin place. It is believed that Naveen Chandra Das, the famous candies maker of Bengal, invented Rosgulla before the year 1868.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Tuesday that her state had been granted GI or the Geographical Indication status for the sweet.

"On the location of Rosogolla Bhawan stood the sweet-meat shop run by Nabin Chandra Das".

The Odisha government even launched a social-media campaign #RasagollaDibasa on July 30, 2015, to celebrate its origin. Their key argument was that the Bengalis learnt how to make the chhena - the cottage cheese which is the chief ingredient of rosogulla - from the Portuguese and were the first to experiment with it for their candies.

The GI authorities in Chennai ruled that West Bengal is the origin of the sweet.

The battle between West Bengal and Odisha over the origin of Rosogolla ended on a sweet note for West Bengal with the State winning the Geographical Indication (GI) for this iconic sweet.

However this is not the first sweet battle that Bengal has fought. Darjeeling tea, for instance, has a GI tag for the tea produced exclusively in Darjeeling's tea gardens, as does Champagne for a specific bubbly produced in Champagne, France - all the rest simply being "Sparkling Wines". This GI tag is not for Rasagola in the generic term.

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Bengal's rosogolla is off white and spherical in shape.

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