Battle over 'rasagola' not over: Odisha government

Rosogolla

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee confirmed this "sweet news" following Tuesday's update. And since then this famous sweet became news for everyone across India.

Geographical Identification (GI) authorities in Chennai ruled that Odisha is not the origin of the sweet "Rosogolla".

With West Bengal getting the GI tag for Rasgulla, it can command special privileges for the Rasgullas prepared in the state.

Of the 267 odd products that have received GI tags so far, around 12 are from Bengal, including Darjeeling tea, Santiniketan leather goods, mango varieties such as Laxman Bhog, himsagar and fazli, Santipore saree, Baluchari saree, Dhaniakhali saree, Joynagarer moa and the more recent entrants -Bardhman Sitabhog and Bardhman Mihidana (both sweets).


He said the Odisha government will apply for re-examination of the decision taken in favour of the West Bengal government. There are several evidences that the sweet dish originated in Odisha and not in West Bengal, said researcher on Jagannath Cult Asit Mohanty, who had submitted the report to the then Science and Technology Minister Pradeep Panigrahy in July a year ago. Abdur Rezzak Mollah, food processing minister in Banerjee's cabinet, told Hindustan Times that he was "happy and relieved".

"It has come to our notice that Banglar Rasogolla has been registered with GI on an application filed by Government of West Bengal".

The two states got into a fight over rosogolla after Odisha's science and technology minister Pradip Kumar Panigrahi had claimed that the syrupy sweet existed in the state for about 600 years in Puri and known as kheer mohana. We are all so happy.

In the list are Chana Bora of Baharampur, Murshidabad; Kheeerer Pantuwa of Katwa of East Burdwan along with Pantua and Kancha Golla of Ranaghat, Nadia district. A GI tag means that Rasgulla from only a specific place has been recognised, and Odisha may argue that this has no bearing on history of the Rasgola - formerly Kheermohan - that has apparently been served up as a divine offering for centuries.

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