West Bengal's bitter struggle with Odisha ended on a sweet note on Tuesday with the State getting GI (Geographical Indication) tag for rosogolla.
Sanjay Bhattacharya, deputy controller of patents and designs Kolkata said, "The issue has been settled under the GI Act that authenticates a product relating to either a geographical location or community".
"It has come to our notice that Banglar Rasagolla has been registered with Geographical Indication (GI) on an application filed by the government of West Bengal", the Chief Minister's Office said in a statement. And since then this famous sweet became news for everyone across India.
The GI authorities in Chennai ruled that West Bengal is the origin of the sweet.
"Odisha and its coastal towns have forever been attractions for tourists from Bengal".
It has been a long tug of war with both the states locking horns over the origin of the sweet. There are several evidences that the sweet dish originated in Odisha and not in West Bengal, said researcher on Jagannath Cult Asit Mohanty, who had submitted the report to the then Science and Technology Minister Pradeep Panigrahy in July past year.
The fight between Odisha and West Bengal escalated after the Odisha's science and technology minister Pradip Kumar Panigrahi set up committees to trace the origin of Rosogolla.
Veteran stage and screen personality Soumitra Chatterjee said: "Historically, it feels good to know officially that rosogolla was invented in Bengal".
However, Odisha had claimed that 600 years ago they had Rosgulla. We are all so happy.
Meanwhile, renowned researchers in the State, however, claimed there is still time for Odisha government to submit its documentary evidence to get the GI tag for Odisha's rasagolla and rasagolla as well.
In West Bengal, a confectioner named Nobin Chandra Das is widely known as the one who created the sweet in the 1860s.
Food processing Minister of the state, Abdur Rezzak Mollah talking to media said, "Happy and relieved". However the strongest contender remains the Mishti Doi (sweet curd) of West Bengal.