The Telegraph
Saturday, November 18, 2017
 

Sweet but don't gloat

- GI TAG ON 'BANGLAR RASOGOLLA'
Banglar Rasogolla

Calcutta: Bengal's rosogolla now has a geographical indication tag, officially implying it has a specific geographical origin to which it owes its reputation and certain qualities.

The rosogolla - the GI tag is for "Banglar Rasogolla" - has always been synonymous with Bengal but Odisha's claim about pioneering its manufacture had sparked a debate.

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted from London: "Sweet news for us all."

A GI tag does not enable the holder to prevent others from making a product using the same techniques as long as it does not claim the same geographical origin. If a product has to be recognised as Banglar Rasogolla anywhere in the world, it has to have the logo assigned to it.

Technically, little prevents Odisha from continuing to stake claim to "Pahala Rasgulla". Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik said on Tuesday: "The tag for Bengal is limited within its boundary whereas we will apply for our own (GI tag for Odishara Rasgulla)."

Bengal had applied for a GI with the controller-general of patents, designs and trademarks, which functions under the Union commerce and industry ministry.

The application from Bengal's science and technology department described the state's version of the sweet as "a syrupy dessert made of pure chhana dumplings dipped into light sugar syrup". 


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