After two and a half years bitter battle with Odisha over the origin of mouth-watering, all time favourite Rasgulla, West Bengal gets a sweet victory when Chennai-based Geographical Indications (GI) Registry announced that the soft and sweet Rasgulla originated in West Bengal and not Odisha.
Since 2015 West Bengal and Odisha had been in a bitter battle over GI registration of rasgulla.
“It has been settled under the GI Act that authenticates a product relating to either a geographical location or community or society,” said Sanjay Bhattacharya, deputy controller of patents and designs in Kolkata.
Odisha wouldn’t back down. The state too applied for a GI tag for the sweet. In 2015, its science and technology minister Pradip Kumar announced the setting up of a committee that would trace the ‘actual’ origin of the sweet. The committee did eventually present a 100-page report to support their claim. Over the years, the battle only became murkier and had become more of a prestige issue for both sides. While Bengal’s CM Mamata Banerjee has presented the sweet meat as a cultural ambassador of the state, the Odisha state government in 2015, launched a social media campaign #RasagollaDibasa along with an exhibition to celebrate the sweet and in 2016 celebrated Rosogolla Divas.
“Sweet news for us all. We are very happy and proud that #Bengal has been granted GI ( Geographical Indication) status for Rosogolla,” tweeted Mamata Banerjee from London after the victory.