Rosgulla gets GI status and it goes to Bengal

Cheryl Sanders
November 14, 2017

As per the reports today, the Chennai based geographical indications registry has announced that India's signature sweet rasgulla is belonged to West Bengal state, not in Odisha. "It has been settled under the GI Act that authenticates a product relating to either a geographical location, or community or society".

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday expressed happiness over the state having been awarded with Geographical Indication (GI) status for its iconic sweet, Rosogolla. One of the most popular and signature candies of India was judged to have been originated in West Bengal and not Odisha.

However, West Bengal has finally claimed that the sweet Rasgulla is officially theirs. The Bhawan is located at Rabindra Sarani, Bagbazar in North Kolkata. It quoted 19-century history to claim rosogolla was invented by Nabin Chandra Das, a famous sweetmeat maker, in 1868.

Das's son Krishna Chandra (1869-1934) expanded the business his father set up and is credited with the invention of another popular sweet "rosomalai". He started experimenting trying to make a new sweet from 1864.

The Odisha government responded by ordering the formation of three committees to settle the dispute over rosogulla's origins. However, in its original application to the GI, West Bengal had sought the GI tag on what they call it as "Banglar Rasogolla" (Bengal's Rasgulla). Abdur Rezzak Mollah, Food Processing Minister stated "Earlier we had fought a similar battle with other states over the GI of Joynogorer Mowa". This GI tag is not for Rasagola in the generic term. Darjeeling Tea is the first product of the State to be accorded the GI. The size of the mouth watering, spongy, white or half white syrupy dessert made of pure chhana dumpings varies from 3.7 to 6.2 cm and is in a ball like shape, says the description.

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