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West Bengal gets Geographical Indication status for rosogulla
14 November 2017, 03:53 | Opal Carroll
West Bengal won the Geographical Indication for Rasagolla
A bitter tug-of-war over a popular sweet has been resolved, with West Bengal besting Odisha in the battle over the origins of the Rasgulla. The Registrar of Geographical Indication is authorized to give GI tags.
West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamta Banerjee shared the news of the victory in a tweet.
Shashi Bhusan Behera, the Finance Minister of Odisha has said that West Bengal winning GI tag on Rasagola is injustice to Odisha as the sweet is rooted to Jagannath culture. Virtually every dignitary visiting West Bengal - from Fidel Castro to Diego Maradona - was offered this signature sweet during state dinners.
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.
The West Bengal government took help from Das family and other sweet makers and applied for a patent on Rosogolla. Late on, West Bengal government made a decision to take a stand on rosogolla origin and claim legally to provide the evidence of rosogolla dessert. Their key argument was that the Bengalis learnt how to make the chhena - the cottage cheese which is the chief ingredient of rosogulla - from the Portuguese and were the first to experiment with it for their candies. One of the most popular and signature candies of India was judged to have been originated in West Bengal and not Odisha. However, both Indian states, Odisha and Bengal variously claimed that the origination of this sweet dish.
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However, Bengalis will cry themselves hoarse proclaiming that Nobin Chandra Das was the "inventor" of the famed Rasagolla, and the shop he started bears testimony to this in its signage! Bengal's rosogolla is off white and spherical in shape.
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