India rules rosogolla originated from West Bengal

Published: November 14, 2017
Rosogolla. PHOTO: FILE

Rosogolla. PHOTO: FILE

KOLKATA: India has awarded a “geographical indications” tag to rosogolla, the king of Indian sweets, after a years-long battle between two neighbouring states over the ownership rights.

Luscious rosogolla, or sweet balls dripping with sugar syrup, have long been a favourite dessert across the Indian subcontinent and among the diaspora.

But two eastern states, West Bengal and Odisha, have been arguing over the origins of rosogolla, which means a ball of sweet. They consulted historians and produced old documents to support their claims.

On Tuesday, the federal commerce and industry ministry ruled that the sweet originated from West Bengal, giving it the coveted “geographical indications” tag.

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The World Trade Organisation says “geographical indications” defines a good as originating in a particular territory of a member, or a region or locality in that territory, where a given quality, reputation or other characteristic of the good is available.

West Bengal’s chief minister Mamata Banerjee welcomed the decision saying in a Twitter post it was “sweet news for us all”.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Shocked and Horrified
    Nov 15, 2017 - 4:36AM

    Totally wrong. Rosogolla originated in the arabian peninsula and was brought to the Indus Valley by the Arabs. Q.E.D.Recommend

    Nov 15, 2017 - 8:12AM

    Naughty Odisha trying to take the rosogolla away from Bengalis . Over our collective dead bodies say the West-Bengalis …ha haRecommend

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