Rasgulla is from Bengal, not Odisha

Javier Stokes
November 15, 2017

The fight over ownership of the highly delectable Rasgulla has been won by West Bengal after it got the official Geographical Indication (GI) tag from the GI registry - a wing of India's Intellectual Property Office. "We are very happy and proud that #Bengal has been granted GI ( Geographical Indication) status for Rosogolla", she said.

There was a tussle between West Bengal and Odisha over the invention of Rosgulla for many years.

The sweet, dipped in sugary syrup, which is a favourite across the country, has for always been at the centre of a bitter tussle between the two States, with each claiming it as their invention. 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".

West Bengal's Education Minister Partha Chattetjee said, "Odisha unnecessarily raised a dispute over the issue". While Odisha claims that the sweetmeat originated from the Jagannath Temple in Puri in 12th century, West Bengal says that confectioner Nobin Chandra Das created the sweet in the 1860s.

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Following this, the West Bengal government chose to fight this claim legally by providing evidence that the dessert was, in fact, created by noted sweet-maker Nabin Chandra Das in 1868.

However, two years on, and West Bengal can finally claim that the rasgulla is officially theirs. We are all so happy. He had stated that there is conclusive evidence that Rosogolla has existed in the state for about 600 years.

Meanwhile, renowned researchers in the State, however, claimed there is still time for Odisha government to submit its documentary evidence to get the GI tag for Odisha's rasagolla and rasagolla as well. However the strongest contender remains the Mishti Doi (sweet curd) of West Bengal. A GI tag certifies a region as the source of origin of a food product, guaranteeing a certain standard or authenticity.

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