BEN­GAL WINS BAT­TLE OF ‘ROSO­GOLLA’

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In­dia has awarded a “ge­o­graph­i­cal in­di­ca­tions” tag to roso­golla, af­ter a years-long bat­tle be­tween two neigh­bor­ing states, Ben­gal and Odisha, over the own­er­ship rights.

In­dia has awarded a “ge­o­graph­i­cal in­di­ca­tions” tag to roso­golla, the king of In­dian sweets, af­ter a years-long bat­tle be­tween two neigh­bor­ing states over the own­er­ship rights.

Lus­cious roso­golla, or sweet cheese balls drip­ping with sugar syrup, have long been a fa­vorite dessert across the In­dian sub­con­ti­nent and among the di­as­pora.

But two east­ern states, West Ben­gal and Odisha, have been ar­gu­ing over the ori­gins of roso­golla, which means a ball of sweet. They con­sulted his­to­ri­ans and pro­duced old doc­u­ments to sup­port their claims.

On Tues­day, the fed­eral com­merce and in­dus­try min­istry ruled that the sweet orig­i­nated from West Ben­gal, giv­ing it the cov­eted “ge­o­graph­i­cal in­di­ca­tions” tag.

The World Trade Or­gan­i­sa­tion says “ge­o­graph­i­cal in­di­ca­tions” de­fines a good as orig­i­nat­ing in a par­tic­u­lar ter­ri­tory of a mem­ber, or a re­gion or lo­cal­ity in that ter­ri­tory, where a given qual­ity, rep­u­ta­tion or other char­ac­ter­is­tic of the good is avail­able.

West Ben­gal’s chief min­is­ter Ma­mata Banerjee wel­comed the de­ci­sion say­ing in a Twit­ter post it was “sweet news for us all”.

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