Chennai:14/11/17;West Bengal on Tuesday won the two-and-a-half-year-old bitter battle over rosogolla as Chennai-based Geographical Indications (GI) Registry announced that one of India’s signature sweets originated in the state and not Odisha.
“It has been settled under the GI Act that authenticates a product relating to either a geographical location or community or society,” said Sanjay Bhattacharya, deputy controller of patents and designs in Kolkata.
Odisha and Bengal have been locked in a bitter fight over the GI registration of rosogolla since 2015. The battle intensified in 2015 when Odisha’s science and technology minister Pradip Kumar Panigrahi told media that more than one committee set up to trace the origin of the syrupy sweet pointed to ‘conclusive evidence’ that rosogolla existed in the state for about 600 years.
The West Bengal government quoted 19-century history to claim rosogolla was invented by Nabin Chandra Das, a famous sweetmeat maker, in 1868. Odisha, on the other hand, said historical research proved ‘rasagolla’ originated in Puri. Its first avatar was ‘kheer mohana’, which later evolved as ‘pahala rasagolla’. “We will scrutinise the GI order. I shall hold a meeting with the ministers of Odisha government as well as with my party leaders to decide the future course of action. The door of the courts is always open,” Biju Janata Dal legislator from Puri, Maheswar Mohanty, said.