Ben­gal wins bit­ter bat­tle over its iconic mishti


KOLKATA: The two-year­long bit­ter bat­tle be­tween two neigh­bour­ing states — Ben­gal and Odisha — over roso­golla came as a “sweet vic­tory” for the state af­ter the Chen­naibased Ge­o­graph­i­cal In­di­ca­tions (GI) Reg­istry an­nounced that it orig­i­nated in Ben­gal and not Odisha.

The cel­e­bra­tion of Ben­gal’s win over Odisha in get­ting the GI tag for roso­golla be­gan with a tweet of Chief Min­is­ter Ma­mata Ban­er­jee on Tues­day morn­ing shar­ing the news: “Sweet news for us all. We are very happy and proud that #Ben­gal has been granted GI (Ge­o­graph­i­cal In­di­ca­tion) sta­tus for roso­golla.”

Soon, peo­ple from all walks of life in­clud­ing min­is­ters, ac­tors, au­thors and com­mon­ers started giv­ing their re­ac­tions re­joic­ing over the de­ci­sion that came in favour of Ben­gal. Wel­come the rul­ing in favour of Ben­gal, Partha Chat­ter­jee, min­is­ter of the state for Higher Ed­u­ca­tion, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy and Bio-tech­nol­ogy, said: “The un­nec­es­sary tug of war was go­ing on over the GI tag of roso­golla. They were also well aware that roso­golla’s in­ven­tion took place in Ben­gal… Roso­golla has also got re­lieved from it. I con­grat­u­late the of­fi­cials of the de­part­ment who had car­ried out the re­search work.”

Asish Ban­er­jee, for­mer Biotech­nol­ogy min­is­ter, said: “I am happy that Ben­gal has got the patent for roso­golla. We had taken all the nec­es­sary steps and car­ried out mea­sures to es­tab­lish the truth af­ter be­ing con­fi­dent that Ben­gal is the place where the sweet was in­vented.”

It was on Septem­ber 8 in 2015 when the state gov­ern­ment had moved to get the GI tag for the sweet of which both Ben­gal and Ben­galis are known for.

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