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Rosogolla belongs to Bengal; state defeats Odisha
15 November 2017, 12:54 | Lorenzo Hawkins
KC Das the brand which gave India its first rosogolla is happy holding on to its roots as it completes 75 years
"The Act authenticates a product relating to either a geographical location or community or society", said Sanjay Bhattacharya, deputy controller of patents and designs in Kolkata.
West Bengal chief minister on Twitter wrote, "Sweet news for us all".
When we talk about candies, nothing can beat the spongy, syrupy Rosogolla. "We are very happy and proud that #Bengal has been granted GI ( Geographical Indication) status for Rosogolla".
The Geographical Identification authorities ruled out today that it is Bengal where the popular rosogolla originated. Virtually every dignitary visiting West Bengal - from Fidel Castro to Diego Maradona - was offered this signature sweet during state dinners.
The fight between Odisha and West Bengal escalated after the Odisha's science and technology minister Pradip Kumar Panigrahi set up committees to trace the origin of Rosogolla.
Leading Bengali film hero Prosenjit Chatterjee said beyond Bengal's borders, people equate the state with "mishti doi (sweet yoghurt)" and "rosogolla". Based on this, Odisha had initiated its own GI claim a year ago on "Pahala Rasgulla", in reference to a small highway-stop village between Bhubaneshwar and Cuttack, named Pahala with end-to-end sweet shops along a long stretch, which produce Odisha's variant of Rasgullas. It is believed that Naveen Chandra Das, the famous candies maker of Bengal, invented Rosgulla before the year 1868. We are all so happy.
Odisha's MSME Minister Prafulla Samal said the state government would urge officials of Chennai-based GI Registrar to visit Odisha for verification of the origin of rasagolla. He had stated that there is conclusive evidence that Rosogolla has existed in the state for about 600 years.