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'Sweet news' as Bengal wins GI tag for 'rosogolla'

14 November 2017

The Chennai-based GI registration office awarded the GI tag to Bengal thus putting to rest the almost two-year debate between neighbouring states West Bengal and Odisha regarding the place of origin of this sweet sphere.

A GI is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. "It has been settled under the GI Act that authenticates a product relating to either a geographical location, or community or society".

Rosogulla has finally been lapped up by West Bengal and now the argument will finally be laid to rest.

The dispute began in 2015 when Odisha claimed that rosogolla originated in the state 600 years ago and was first served at the 12th-century Lord Jagannath temple in Puri.

West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said, "unnecessary controversy was initiated and a tug of war started for Rosogolla".

The Odisha government responded by ordering the formation of three committees to settle the dispute over rosogulla's origins.

Officials say the ongoing row between West Bengal and Odisha over the ownership of Rasogolla could get renewed again. And since then this famous sweet became news for everyone across India. "We had provided documents to prove our claim that Rosogolla originated from Bengal" stated Dhiman Das, Executive Director of K C Das Pvt Ltd and great grandson of Nabin Chandra Das. This GI tag is not for Rasagola in the generic term.

Renowned confectioner Nobin Chandra Das is known to have created Rasogolla in the 1860s. The size of the mouth watering, spongy, white or half white syrupy dessert made of pure chhana dumpings varies from 3.7 to 6.2 cm and is in a ball like shape, says the description.

'Sweet news' as Bengal wins GI tag for 'rosogolla'