Bengal wins GI tag for 'rosogolla', celebrates 'sweet news'

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West Bengal won the Geographical Indication for Rasagolla

Expressing her delight over the news, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is now in London, tweeted: "Sweet news for us all. We are very happy and proud that #Bengal has been granted GI. status for Rosogolla", Banerjee tweeted. The eastern state, known for its saccharine laden delicacies, West Bengal has once again proved that they are the king of candies by winning the Geographical Identification (GI) battle over one of India's signature candies rosogolla. There are several evidences that the sweet dish originated in Odisha and not in West Bengal, said researcher on Jagannath Cult Asit Mohanty, who had submitted the report to the then Science and Technology Minister Pradeep Panigrahy in July a year ago. While WB government quoting a 19-century history claim stating that rosogolla was invented by Nabin Chandra Das, a noted sweet maker of his time. Virtually every dignitary visiting West Bengal - from Fidel Castro to Diego Maradona - was offered this signature sweet during state dinners. A GI tag certifies a region as the source of origin of a food product, guaranteeing a certain standard or authenticity. He started experimenting trying to make a new sweet from 1864.

Since 2015 the two Indian states West Bengal and Odisha have been fighting over the origin of the popular sweet Rosogulla.


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

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

In 2015 Odisha's Science and Technology Minister Pradip Kumar Panigrahi told media that committees had been set up to trace the origin of the sweet.

Earlier candies like Sitabhog and Mihidana of Burdwan along with Mowa from Joynagar were accorded the GI tag from Bengal.

It is believed that Chandra took his recipe with him to Kolkata, the BBC report said.

West Bengal's Education Minister Partha Chattetjee said, "Odisha unnecessarily raised a dispute over the issue".

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