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