Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Markets | By Rosalie Gross

Rasgulla is from Bengal, not Odisha

Rasgulla is from Bengal, not Odisha

The popular Indian sweet rosogulla originated in West Bengal, authorities ruled on Tuesday ending a two-year battle between the state and Odisha over the popular sweet.

When we talk about candies, nothing can beat the spongy, syrupy Rosogolla. "We are very happy and proud that #Bengal has been granted GI ( Geographical Indication) status for Rosogolla [sic]", she wrote on Twitter.

But now India's Geographical Indications (GI) Registry put the disagreements to bed as they recently announced that the juicy sweet originated in West Bengal.

With West Bengal getting the GI tag for Rasgulla, it can command special privileges for the Rasgullas prepared in the state. Darjeeling tea, for instance, has a GI tag for the tea produced exclusively in Darjeeling's tea gardens, as does Champagne for a specific bubbly produced in Champagne, France - all the rest simply being "Sparkling Wines". This only provides GI tag to the Banglar Rasogolla specific to West Bengal.

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The development comes mere days after a minister from the state had apparently said it would drag Odisha - the other state who lays claim to what it calls Rasagola - to court in order to get recognised as the birthplace of this delicious food item.

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

The confectioners of Odisha also organised an exhibition to make people aware about the state's claim over rosogolla. "We are all happy that now we can say with full rights that rosogolla belongs to us".

In reaction to it Odisha Finance Minister Shashi Bhusan Behera said "An application is under process with the Science and Technology, MSME and Industry departments and Odisha will get the GI tag after submitting the application". It quoted 19-century history to claim rosogolla was invented by Nabin Chandra Das, a famous sweetmeat maker, in 1868.

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