Rosgulla gets GI status and it goes to Bengal

Nov 14, 2017 15:47 IST
Rosgulla gets GI status

There is good news for Rosgulla's lover people spread all over the world. The controversy over the past several years has now been resolved between the West Bengal and the Odisha Government over its claim on Rosgulla.
 
West Bengal on 14th November 2017 won the long bitter battle over Rosgulla as Geographical Indications (GI), a Chennai-based Registry announced that one of India’s signature sweets originated in the state and not Odisha.

Bengal and Odisha have been locked in a bitter fight over the GI registration of rosgulla since 2015.

Background

There was a tussle between West Bengal and Odisha over the invention of Rosgulla for many years. Both the states claimed ownership over its generation.

The West Bengal claim was on the basis of historical facts that Bengal is the father of Rosgulla. It is believed that Naveen Chandra Das, the famous sweets maker of Bengal, invented Rosgulla before the year 1868. This matter came to the headlines when the Odisha government talked of getting Geographical Identity (GI) tag for Rasgulla.

However, Odisha had claimed that 600 years ago they had Rosgulla. The government also added the basis of Lord Jagannath's bhog Kheer Mohan with the basis of this foundation. Against this claim of Odisha, the West Bengal Government had thought of knocking the court’s door.

About GI

A geographical indication (GI) is a name or sign used on products which corresponds to a specific geographical location or origin (e.g. a town, region, or country).

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.

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