Battle over 'rasagola' not over: Odisha government

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

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

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee too congratulated statement on the news, calling it a happy and proud moment.

While Odisha never approached the Registry for the GI tag, it has been making claims of ownership over the sweet. The GI authorities have ruled today that West Bengal is the origin of rosogolla, reported the news."It has been settled under the GI Act that authenticates a product relating to either a geographical location, or community or society", an official was quoted saying.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday announced that the state had been granted geographical indication (GI) status for rasgulla. 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.

"Odisha and its coastal towns have forever been attractions for tourists from Bengal". The Odisha government plans to apply for GI tag for "Odia Rasagola".

The Odisha government was in the process of obtaining a GI status for the "Odishara Rasagolla", the origin of which dates back to more than 800 years, it said.

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West Bengal and Odisha has been on a bitter tussle over rasogolla's origin for the last two-and-a-half-year.

However, two years on, and West Bengal can finally claim that the rasgulla is officially theirs.

While it seems that Bengal has won, the GI tag benefits for a ubiquitous sweet like rosogulla overall appear marginal and the battle at least in part being about stoked regional sentiments as it is neither a prominent export product nor will its legally-affixed place of origin necessarily alter its prized qualities for a food taster. We are all so happy.

Leading Bengali film hero Prosenjit Chatterjee said beyond Bengal's borders, people equate the state with "mishti doi (sweet yoghurt)" and "rosogolla".

It is believed that Chandra took his recipe with him to Kolkata, the BBC report said. However, it is now clear that the evidence provided by West Bengal is more conclusive, which has enabled it to get the GI tag.

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