West Bengal gets GI tag for Rasagola


The Chennai-based GI registration office awarded the GI tag to Bengal thus putting to rest the almost two-year debate between neighbouring states West Bengal and Odisha regarding the place of origin of this sweet sphere. Rosogolla or Rasgulla is a sweet famous Bengali dish which is famous across the nation and the world for its sweet, unique taste. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced the development on Twitter, calling it "sweet news for us all". We are very happy and proud that Bengal has been granted GI ( Geographical Indication) status for Rosogolla.

In West Bengal, a confectioner named Nobin Chandra Das is widely known as the one who created the sweet in the 1860s. West Bengal have several candies on similar lines to that of rosogolla. This matter came to the headlines when the Odisha government talked of getting Geographical Identity (GI) tag for Rasgulla.

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The move is a sweet victory over the State of Odisha, which has staked claim to have "invented" rasagola years ago, associating it with a centuries old ritual of Lord Jagannath. The Odisha government previously in 2016 had formed a committee to claim that the spongy Indian desert had its roots in Odisha.

Months back, West Bengal and Odisha Governments had claimed that their respective state was the place of origin of Rosogolla.