The legal battle between Bengal and Odisha over Rosogolla finally came to an end after Geographical Identification registration was given to West Bengal.
When we talk about candies, nothing can beat the spongy, syrupy Rosogolla.
Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee has said that her state has granted Geographical Indication status for the sweet Rasgulla today.
"Odisha and its coastal towns have forever been attractions for tourists from Bengal". This means Odisha may continue to lay historical claim to its own form of Rasagola or Kheermohan.
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). Bengal had stated at the GI registrar office that the Rosogulla found in Odisha was of a different kind since it varied in the shape and the colour.
It was a day of celebration at "Rosogolla Bhawan", the family home of Nabin Chandra Das, the inventor of Rosogolla. "We are all happy that now we can say with full rights that rosogolla belongs to us".
In 2015 Odisha's Science and Technology Minister Pradip Kumar Panigrahi told media that committees had been set up to trace the origin of the sweet. It is believed that Naveen Chandra Das, the famous candies maker of Bengal, invented Rosgulla before the year 1868.
However, Odisha had claimed that 600 years ago they had Rosgulla.
The development comes mere days after a minister from the state had apparently said it would drag Odisha - the other state who lays claim to what it calls Rasagola - to court in order to get recognised as the birthplace of this delicious food item. However the strongest contender remains the Mishti Doi (sweet curd) of West Bengal. GI is a tag which recognises a state as the origin of a product.