Debate is settled, Rosogolla originated in West Bengal

Gladys Abbott
November 15, 2017

"It has been settled under the GI Act that authenticates a product relating to either a geographical location or community or society", said Deputy Controller of Patents and Designs, Sanjay Bhattacharya.

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. And since then this famous sweet became news for everyone across India.

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". The Mowa is a winter delicacy made of puffed rice and date-palm jaggery with origins in Joynagar, West Bengal.

Of the 267 odd products that have received GI tags so far, around 12 are from Bengal, including Darjeeling tea, Santiniketan leather goods, mango varieties such as Laxman Bhog, himsagar and fazli, Santipore saree, Baluchari saree, Dhaniakhali saree, Joynagarer moa and the more recent entrants -Bardhman Sitabhog and Bardhman Mihidana (both sweets).

West Bengal's Education Minister Partha Chattetjee said, "Odisha unnecessarily raised a dispute over the issue".

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Food processing Minister of the state, Abdur Rezzak Mollah talking to media said, "Happy and relieved".

While West Bengal believes that the Rasogolla was invented in Calcutta by confectioner Nabin Chandra Das, Odisha says it was invented in the holy city of Puri in the 13th century. The controversy over the past several years has now been resolved between the West Bengal and the Odisha Government over its claim on Rosgulla.

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The fight between Odisha and West Bengal escalated after the Odisha's science and technology minister Pradip Kumar Panigrahi set up committees to trace the origin of Rosogolla. He had stated that there is conclusive evidence that Rosogolla has existed in the state for about 600 years. We are all so happy.

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