Debate is settled, Rosogolla originated in West Bengal

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KC Das the brand which gave India its first rosogolla is happy holding on to its roots as it completes 75 years

The GI under the World Trade Organization is a sign that identifies a product as originating from a particular place.

In 2015 Odisha's Science and Technology Minister Pradip Kumar Panigrahi told media that committees had been set up to trace the origin of the sweet.

The Bangalee wives would then prepare rosogolla or a form of it with those.

The two states, Bengal and Odisha, had entered the fray to stake their claim on the dessert for far too long.

A few years ago, things got serious when the West Bengal government filed a court petition along with an application for a Geographical Indication (GI) recognition for the Rasgolla. West Bengal argued that the sweet was invented in 1868 by confectioner Nobin Chandra Das, whose son later founded the famous sweetmeat chain KC Das. Mamata Bannerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal took to Twitter to share her happiness over the news. The controversy over the past several years has now been resolved between the West Bengal and the Odisha Government over its claim on Rosgulla.

It was sweet victory for West Bengal after a bitter battle over one of India's most celebrated SWEET.

Leading Bengali film hero Prosenjit Chatterjee said beyond Bengal's borders, people equate the state with "mishti doi (sweet yoghurt)" and "rosogolla". "We are all happy that now we can say with full rights that rosogolla belongs to us". People of Bengal who are known to take their candies very seriously made a beeline for the sweet shops specially KC Das to renew their sweet affair with this iconic sweet.

In the backdrop of a statewide cry over West Bengal getting the GI tag for rasagolla, Odisha Finance Minister Sashibhusan Behera said: "Where is the question of winning or defeating?"

In the list are Chana Bora of Baharampur, Murshidabad; Kheeerer Pantuwa of Katwa of East Burdwan along with Pantua and Kancha Golla of Ranaghat, Nadia district. The Odisha government plans to apply for GI tag for "Odia Rasagola".

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