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After West Bengal gets GI tag for rasogolla, Odisha govt to lay claim of its own

West Bengal gets GI tag for Rosogolla: Few years ago, Odisha claimed that Rosogolla was ‘invented’ within its geography.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 15, 2017 8:19 am
rosogulla, west bengal, odisha, rasagolla, GI registration The statement also mentioned that the Mamata Banerjee-led Bengal government had obtained the GI tag for Banglar Rasogolla not Odisha’s Odishara Rasogolla (Source: Wikipedia)

After West Bengal was awarded with the Geographical Indication (GI) tag for ‘Banglar Rasogolla’ (Bengal Rasogolla) on Tuesday, the Odisha government announced a few hours later that it was “in process” of obtaining the same for ‘Odishara Rasagolla.’

“Odisha government is in process of obtaining GI tag for Odishara Rasagolla. It originated in Odisha and is offered at Jagannath Temple as part of religious rituals by people of Odisha since the 12th century,” Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wrote on Twitter on Tuesday night.

The statement also mentioned that while the Mamata Banerjee-led government had obtained the GI tag for Banglar Rasogolla, the Odisha government was in process of obtaining GI for Odishara Rasogolla — which dates back to more than 800 years.

A GI is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. Odisha had claimed a few years ago that the sweet was ‘invented’ within its geography. While the Bengal government applied for GI registration in 2015, the Odisha government celebrated ‘Rosogolla Divas’ last year.

West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said, “We have always known Rasogolla to be ours. There was an attempt to create a controversy over its origin by Odisha (but) our department was quick to react. Now ultimately it has been proved that Rasogolla originated from Bengal.” With GI tag, Bengal retains rosogulla: Here’s why Odisha may not be happy


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  1. A
    Nov 15, 2017 at 3:02 pm
    Who cares! Roshogolla is not the only sweet that Bengal has to offer. So yeah, it will remain the birthplace of the best sweets, and also one of the best Indian cuisines, till others learn to cook. Actually, the cuisine of Eastern India as a whole is fascinating. South India is a close second.
    1. C
      Nov 15, 2017 at 1:21 pm
      The author is a bangali that is obvious from the pronunciatn of rasagola as rosogola. Bangali claimed gi tag for bangali rasgulla which is just a variety of original rasagola that originated in odisha. Of course bangali chauvinist false b ed this news as bangal was origin of rasagola
      1. A
        Nov 15, 2017 at 2:59 pm
        It is, was and will always be roshogolla. We won't change the name of roshogolla just because you cannot pronounce it. It is roshogolla. Also it is Robindronath Thakur and not tagore. Learn it now. :-)
      2. I
        Indian Abroad
        Nov 15, 2017 at 10:32 am
        Rasgulla belongs to Rajasthan. Ask Haldiram and Bikaji. Padhaaro Mhare Des ......