Rosogulla, that mouth-watering delectable sweet had been at the center of a bitter tug-of-war between West Bengal and Odisha for over two-and-a-half-years. The controversy over the past several years has now been resolved between the West Bengal and the Odisha Government over its claim on Rosgulla.
The use of a geographical indication may act as a certification that the product possesses certain qualities, is made according to traditional methods, or enjoys a certain reputation, due to its geographical origin.
In West Bengal, a confectioner named Nobin Chandra Das is widely known as the one who created the sweet in the 1860s.
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In a unconventional development, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday awarded Sweet Geographical Status (GI) status for Rosogolla.
"On the location of Rosogolla Bhawan stood the sweet-meat shop run by Nabin Chandra Das". And since then this famous sweet became news for everyone across India.
Meanwhile, the Mohanty committee's final report in May 2016 quoted many historical Odia texts that were written well before 1868 and contained description of a similar sounding sweet as temple offering. While Odisha never approached the Registry for the GI tag, it has been making claims of ownership over the sweet.
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"The GI authorities have ruled today that West Bengal is the origin of rosogulla", Sanjay Bhattacharya, deputy controller of patents and designs in Kolkata, told the Hindustan Times.
However this is not the first sweet battle that Bengal has fought. The Mowa is a winter delicacy made of puffed rice and date-palm jaggery with origins in Joynagar, West Bengal.
Other products that recently got the elite GI tag include Etikoppaka toys from Andhra Pradesh, Gobindobhog rice from West Bengal, Basmati rice from Madhya Pradesh and Banganapalle Mango of Andhra Pradesh. This GI tag is not for Rasagola in the generic term. Bengal's rosogolla is off white and spherical in shape.
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