India gives "king of sweets" a geographical tag to end bitter rivalry

Finally Bengal wins 'Rosogolla war' over Odisha

After two and a half years, the spat between two states Odisha and West Bengal over Rosogolla, a popular Indian sweet has finally been resolved. This means Odisha may continue to lay historical claim to its own form of Rasagola or Kheermohan. She asked her officers to get in touch with us in 2015 when Odisha tried to get the GI registration in their favour.

A favourite nearly all over India, the rasgulla has been at the centre of a long-drawn tussle between the states of Odisha and West Bengal.

"Odisha to demand GI tag for "Odisha Rasagolla" and the GI tag given to "Banglar Rosgolla" is specific to West Bengal", the CMO's statement added.

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Clarifying the row, Chinnaraja G. Naidu, Assistant Registrar of the Geographical Indications Registry, Chennai, said: "The "rasagolla" which is being manufactured within West Bengal and created a brand in the State was given the GI tag".

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West Bengal chief minister on Twitter wrote, "Sweet news for us all". West Bengal was involved in a lengthy battle with Odisha, which too had claimed Rasogolla as its invention. "We are all happy that now we can say with full rights that rosogolla belongs to us". It quoted 19-century history to claim rosogolla was invented by Nabin Chandra Das, a famous sweetmeat maker, in 1868.

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.

The same thing was also stated by another official from GI Registry in order to make the matter clear for one and all. Led by the eminent scholar Asit Mohanty, the committees were to look into facts regarding the origin of rosogulla in Odisha and collect "conclusive evidence" to bolster the state's claim to rosogulla's legacy.

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

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