Rasgulla: West Bengal gets GI Status over Odisha for Rosogolla

Rosogolla

Rosogolla

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. However, West Bengal got the victory as the Chief Minister of West Bengal poured on Twitter with her happiness over the rosogolla win. And since then this famous sweet became news for everyone across India. "We are very happy and proud that #Bengal has been granted GI ( Geographical Indication) status for Rosogolla".

There was a tussle between West Bengal and Odisha over the invention of Rosgulla for many years. This means Odisha may continue to lay historical claim to its own form of Rasagola or Kheermohan. Bengal had stated at the GI registrar office that the Rosogulla found in Odisha was of a different kind since it varied in the shape and the colour.

Veteran stage and screen personality Soumitra Chatterjee said: "Historically, it feels good to know officially that rosogolla was invented in Bengal".

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The Odisha government set up three committees to look into the evidence regarding the origin of rosogolla in Odisha and its Science and Technology Minister Pradip Kumar Panigrahi claimed that more than one committee had pointed to "conclusive evidence" that "rasagola" (as the sweet is spelt in that state) was first made in Pahelgram close to Bhubaneswar.

This marked an end to a tug of war between West Bengal and Odisha over origin of the syrupy sweet.

While Bengal claimed that the delicacy was invented in Kolkata by confectioner Nobin Chandra Das in the 1860s, Odisha government said it was invented in Puri in the 13th century.

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

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.

Soon after the news of Bengal got GI tag for "rasagolla" spread, local sweetmeat makers here expressed resentment and put the blame on the State government by asking why the officials didn't yet submit the evidence before GI Registry.

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