Odisha to seek GI tag for 'Odishara Rasagolla'

Odisha and Bengal have been locked in a bitter fight over the GI registration of rosogolla since 2015

As per the reports today, the Chennai based geographical indications registry has announced that India's signature sweet rasgulla is belonged to West Bengal state, not in Odisha. He had stated that there is conclusive evidence that Rosogolla has existed in the state for about 600 years. 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 previous year.

Tweeted Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, "Sweet news for us all". West Bengal was involved in a lengthy battle with Odisha, which too had claimed Rasogolla as its invention.

In West Bengal, a confectioner named Nobin Chandra Das is widely known as the one who created the sweet in the 1860s. Mamata Banerjee took to her Twitter account to share the new saying, "Sweet news for us all".

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

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State Food Processing Minister Abdur Rezzak Mollah expressed his "happiness and relief" and recalled the state had earlier secured the GI tag for "Joynagarer Moa", a mouth-watering winter snack made of puffed rice and palm jaggery.

Leading Bengali film hero Prosenjit Chatterjee said beyond Bengal's borders, people equate the state with "mishti doi (sweet yoghurt)" and "rosogolla". Rasgulla is superbly sweet, but in recent years, West Bengal and Orissa have been involved in a bitter fight to claim ownership of the sweet. It would be interesting to see whether it can try and get a GI tag on "Odisha Rasagola" or "Odia Rasagola". "We are all happy that now we can say with full rights that rosogolla belongs to us". "So far, we have not received any application from Odisha", official sources in the GI Registrar Office said.

"The state government has borne the entire expenditure of the fight", added Das.

"The government was very pro-active".

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