West Bengal gets GI tag for 'Banglar Rasagolla'

West Bengal gets GI tag for 'Banglar Rasagolla'

West Bengal gets GI tag for 'Banglar Rasagolla'

The Odisha government on Tuesday said it would continue its battle to get the Geographical Indication (GI) tag for "rasagola" even though West Bengal obtained the GI tag for the origin of the iconic sweet, called "rosogolla" in that state.

"It has been settled under the GI Act that authenticates a product relating to either a geographical location or community or society", said Deputy Controller of Patents and Designs, Sanjay Bhattacharya. Mamata Bannerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal took to Twitter to share her happiness over the news.

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.

The Geographical Identification authorities ruled out today that it is Bengal where the popular rosogolla originated. West Bengal was involved in a lengthy battle with Odisha, which too had claimed Rasogolla as its invention. If people of Odisha also think and claim rosogolla as their own, that's also good. 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".

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Bengal had told the GI registrar office that the one in Odisha is a different variety.

A couple of years ago, Odisha had claimed that Rosogulla had originated from Puri's Jagannath Templ, where it has been a part of the religious rituals since centuries ago. They had claimed that Rasagola was invented by Nabin Chandra Das in 1868 and submitted required proof in this regard. We are all so happy.

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 Odisha government was in the process of obtaining a GI status for the "Odishara Rasagolla", the origin of which dates back to more than 800 years, it said. However the strongest contender remains the Mishti Doi (sweet curd) of West Bengal.

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