Ben­gal wins the roso­golla war

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - FRONT PAGE - Su­manta Ray Chaudhuri su­manta.chaudhuri@htlive.com CON­TIN­UED ON P 8

KOLKATA: It was sweet vic­tory for West Ben­gal af­ter a bit­ter feud over one of In­dia’s most cel­e­brated desserts. On Tues­day, the Ge­o­graph­i­cal In­di­ca­tions (GI) reg­istry an­nounced that the roso­golla (also known as ras­gulla) orig­i­nated in the state, and not in Odisha.

“This has been set­tled un­der the GI Act that au­then­ti­cates prod­ucts to ei­ther ge­o­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tions or to com­mu­ni­ties or so­ci­eties,” said San­jay Bhat­tacharya, deputy con­troller of patents and de­signs in Kolkata, declar­ing the possi- ble end of a tus­sle go­ing back two-and-a-half years and a de­bate rag­ing for decades.

“Sweet news for us all. We are very happy and proud that #Ben­gal has been granted GI sta­tus for roso­golla,” West Ben­gal chief min­is­ter Ma­mata Banerjee wrote on Twit­ter af­ter the news broke.

SAMIR JANA/HT

A worker la­dles out roso­golla at Kolkata’s KC Das shop, run by a de­scen­dent of NC Das, the dessert’s in­ven­tor.

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