Battle over 'rasagola' not over: Odisha government

Ann Santiago
November 15, 2017

The battle over rasgulla between Odisha and West Bengal going since two years and finally, it is settled under the GI Act.

Rasagolla, which originated in Odisha, has been offered at Jagannath Temple in Puri as part of religious rituals since 12th century by Odias, read the statement, which was in reaction to a recent announcement by neighbouring State West Bengal that it has won the GI tag for the sweet.

Bengal broke out into celebration mode with news of Rosogolla having made it to the GI.

The confectioners of Odisha also organised an exhibition to make people aware about the state's claim over rosogolla.

The first committee would look into facts and evidence regarding the origin of Rasgulla in Odisha, the second would study the ground, based on which West Bengal is making its claim.

"The GI authorities have ruled today that West Bengal is the origin of rosogolla. We are very happy and proud that #Bengal has been granted GI ( Geographical Indication) status for Rosogolla".

Now the day of celebration for West Bengal is here after the win over rosogolla origin. However, West Bengal got the victory as the Chief Minister of West Bengal poured on Twitter with her happiness over the rosogolla win.

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

State Food Processing Minister Abdur Rezzak Mollah expressed his "happiness and relief" and recalled the state had earlier secured the GI tag for "Joynagarer Moa", a mouth-watering winter snack made of puffed rice and palm jaggery. We are all so happy. GI is a tag which recognises a state as the origin of a product.

The two states, Bengal and Odisha, had entered the fray to stake their claim on the dessert for far too long.

When contacted, Head of office of Geographical Indications Intellectual Property India Chinnaraja G. Naidu confirmed that the GI tag had been given to both.

A descendent of Nabin Chandra Das thanked the Mamata Banerjee government for taking the lead in the fight.

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