West Bengal Wins The Battle For Rosogolla

| November 14 , 2017 , 16:05 IST

In an elated mode the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Twitter: Sweet news for us all. We are very happy and proud that Bengal has been granted GI (Geographical Indication) status for Rosogolla.

While the dispute over the origin of Rosogolla has been going for years, a tug of war broke in 2015 when Odisha’s science and technology minister Pradip Kumar Panigrahi told media that more than one committee set up to trace the origin of the syrupy sweet pointed to ‘conclusive evidence’ that rosogolla existed in the state for about 600 years.

The West Bengal government took help from Das family and other sweet makers and applied for a patent on Rosogolla. It quoted 19-century history to claim rosogolla was invented by Nabin Chandra Das, a famous sweetmeat maker, in 1868.

West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said, “unnecessary controversy was initiated and a tug of war started for Rosogolla. But now the controversy ends. We are all so happy.”

Shashi Bhusan Behera, the Finance Minister of Odisha has said that West Bengal winning GI tag on Rasagola is injustice to Odisha as the sweet is rooted to Jagannath culture. He said that his govt would present their case once again after proper review.