‘Sweet news’ as Ben­gal wins GI tag for ‘roso­golla’

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KOLKATA: End­ing a bit­ter fight with neigh­bour­ing Odisha, West Ben­gal on Tues­day won the Ge­o­graph­i­cal In­di­ca­tion (GI) tag for the iconic ‘roso­golla’, sig­ni­fy­ing that the spongy, syrupy sweet orig­i­nated in its ter­ri­tory.

The an­nounce­ment by the GI reg­istry has drawn the fi­nal cur­tain over an in­tense twoand-a-half year bat­tle be­tween the two states over the ori­gin of the pop­u­lar ball-shaped sweet made from cot­tage cheese.

West Ben­gal Chief Min­is­ter Ma­mata Banerjee, now in London, called it a “sweet news”. “Sweet news for us all. We are very happy and proud that Ben­gal has been granted GI sta­tus for Roso­golla,” Banerjee tweeted.

The dis­pute be­gan in 2015 when Odisha claimed that roso­golla orig­i­nated in the state 600 years ago and was first served at the 12th­cen­tury Lord Ja­gan­nath tem­ple in Puri.

The Odisha gov­ern­ment set up three com­mit­tees to look into the ev­i­dence re­gard­ing the ori­gin of roso­golla in Odisha.

Coun­ter­ing Odisha’s claim, the Ben­gal gov­ern­ment ap­plied for GI tag for the sweet, as­sert­ing there was “am­ple” doc­u­men­tary ev­i­dence to prove the sweet be­longs to Ben­gal.

Ben­gal has stead­fastly main­tained that roso­golla was in­vented by fa­mous sweet­meat maker Navin Chan­dra Das in 1868.— IANS

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