In­dia set­tles sweet bat­tle

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kolkata — A bit­ter tug-of-war be­tween two In­dian states over a pop­u­lar sweet has been re­solved, with West Ben­gal best­ing Odisha in the bat­tle over the ori­gins of the roso­golla.

West Ben­gal Chief Min­is­ter Ma­mata Banerjee said that her state had been granted GI or the Ge­o­graph­i­cal In­di­ca­tion sta­tus for the sweet. “Sweet news for us all. We are very happy and proud that #Ben­gal has been granted GI... sta­tus for Roso­golla,” Banerjee, cur­rently in London, tweeted.

The an­nounce­ment by the GI reg­istry has drawn the fi­nal cur­tain over a two-and-a-half year bat­tle be­tween West Ben­gal and neigh­bour­ing Odisha over the ori­gin of the pop­u­lar ball-shaped sweet made from cot­tage cheese. — Agen­cies

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 two-and-a-half year bat­tle be­tween the two states over the ori­gin of the pop­u­lar ball­shaped 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 de­ity 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.

The GI un­der the World Trade Or­gan­i­sa­tion is a sign that iden­ti­fies a prod­uct as orig­i­nat­ing from a par­tic­u­lar place. — IANS, PTI

ROSO­GOLLA: West Ben­gal wins ori­gin bat­tle against Odisha

Roso­golla got the ge­o­graph­i­cal tag, end­ing a bit­ter ri­valry.

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