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West Bengal wins two-years-long Rosogulla war against Odisha

West Bengal wins two-years-long Rosogulla war against Odisha

The battle between West Bengal and Odisha over the origin of Rosogolla ended on a sweet note for West Bengal with the State winning the Geographical Indication (GI) for this iconic sweet. While Odisha claims the mouth-watering delicacy originated in the state 600 years ago and was first served at the 12th-century Lord Jagannath temple in Puri, the Bengal government contends that 'Rosogolla was invented by Nabin Chandra Das in 1868.

The battle, which had been on for nearly the past two years, saw an end when the Geographical Indication (GI) announced that the sweet actually originated in West Bengal. Both state governments had formed various committees to find and collect relevant evidence so that they can stake their claim to the highly popular sweet Rasgulla. This only provides GI tag to the Banglar Rasogolla specific to West Bengal. Based on this, Odisha had initiated its own GI claim previous year on "Pahala Rasgulla", in reference to a small highway-stop village between Bhubaneshwar and Cuttack, named Pahala with end-to-end sweet shops along a long stretch, which produce Odisha's variant of Rasgullas.

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee confirmed this "sweet news" following Tuesday's update. Mamata Banerjee took to her Twitter account to share the new saying, "Sweet news for us all". Abdur Rezzak Mollah, Food Processing Minister stated "Earlier we had fought a similar battle with other states over the GI of Joynogorer Mowa". "We are all happy that now we can say with full rights that rosogolla belongs to us". 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.

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The same thing was also stated by another official from GI Registry in order to make the matter clear for one and all.

The GI Registrar office also informed that if Odisha applies and there is sufficient evidence, it can get GI tag too.