Finally, Bengal wins 'Rosogolla war' over Odisha

"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.

After yesterday's GI announcement, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is in London, celebrated the news with a tweet saying: "Sweet news for us all". And since then this famous sweet became news for everyone across India.

Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee has said that her state has granted Geographical Indication status for the sweet Rasgulla today.

West Bengal and Odisha have been arguing over the origins of rosogolla, which means a ball of sweet.

"Odisha and its coastal towns have forever been attractions for tourists from Bengal". Both the states claimed ownership over its generation.

"We will scrutinize the GI order".

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More importantly, the GI Registrar office at Chennai told The New Indian Express that Odisha has not so far applied for any GI tag. 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.

West Bengal in its application had provided proof of origin - historical records dating back to 1896.

According to CNN-News18 report, the tussle escalated in June 2015, after Odisha's science and technology minister Pradip Kumar Panigrahi set up committees to chalk out the origin of the dish. "We are all happy that now we can say with full rights that rosogolla belongs to us". Now West Bengal got the GI status for rasgulla.

The confectioners of Odisha also organised an exhibition to make people aware about the state's claim over rosogolla.

As per the documents submitted by the West Bengal government, the Rasgulla was invented by sweet maker Nabin Chandra Das in 1868.

A GI tag is a sort of intellectual property identifier recognising the origin of a product.


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