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GI tag says West Bengal is where the 'rosogolla' originated

GI tag says West Bengal is where the 'rosogolla' originated

On Tuesday, West Bengal has finally won the battle over rasgulla or rosogolla after more than two years.

On Tuesday morning, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee posted a tweet which not only left Odias in a tizzy but nearly broke the Internet in the eastern part of the country. She wrote, "Sweet news for us all".

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.

The GI Registry named it as "Banglar Rasagolla" as sought by the West Bengal Government.

With West Bengal getting the GI tag for Rasgulla, it can command special privileges for the Rasgullas prepared in the state.

The sweet, dipped in sugary syrup, which is a favourite across the country, has for always been at the centre of a bitter tussle between the two States, with each claiming it as their invention. The state too applied for a GI tag for the sweet.

The two eastern states have been locked in a bitter fight over the GI registration of the rosogolla since 2015.

While Bengal claimed stake on its most famous sweet citing history and traditions, Odisha claimed the dish originated in the state and was associated with the puja of Lord Jagannath.

According to CNN-News18 report, the tussle escalated in June 2015, after Odisha's science and technology minister Pradip Kumar Panigrahi set up committees to chalk out the origin of the dish. It is believed that Naveen Chandra Das, the famous candies maker of Bengal, invented Rosgulla before the year 1868.

Now the day of celebration for West Bengal is here after the win over rosogolla origin.

Earlier candies like Sitabhog and Mihidana of Burdwan along with Mowa from Joynagar were accorded the GI tag from Bengal. "We are all happy that now we can say with full rights that rosogolla belongs to us". He had stated that there is conclusive evidence that Rosogolla has existed in the state for about 600 years.

In the list are Chana Bora of Baharampur, Murshidabad; Kheeerer Pantuwa of Katwa of East Burdwan along with Pantua and Kancha Golla of Ranaghat, Nadia district. GI is a tag which recognises a state as the origin of a product.

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