Odisha-WB battle over ‘Rasgulla’ continues

Bhubaneswar: Two neighbouring states — West Bengal and Odisha — have drawn up the battle lines, as they get ready to defend their respective claims as the birthplace of ‘Rasgulla’, one of the most loved Indian sweet dishes.

While West government is taking steps for formally staking claim to ‘Rasogolla’ as the state’s invention through the GI route at a time when the famous sweetmeat finds itself at the centre of a debate as to where it originated.

Meanwhile, Odisha has claimed that Rasogolla originated from the Jagannath Temple in Puri, where it is a part of the religious rituals, and has been a part of the same since the 12th century.

People from the state have urged the government to present its claim rightly to obtain the GI status.

GI authentication is a name or sign used on certain products which corresponds to a specific geographical location or origin (e.g. a town, region, or country) which may act as a certification that the product possesses certain qualities, is made according to traditional methods, or enjoys a certain reputation, due to its geographical origin.