Banglar Rasogolla, Mamallapuram stone sculptures get GI tag

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Earlier candies like Sitabhog and Mihidana of Burdwan along with Mowa from Joynagar were accorded the GI tag from Bengal. The GI tag prevents unauthorized use of the geographical indication and boosts exports by giving it a unique identity. As per the reports today, the Chennai based geographical indications registry has announced that India's signature sweet rasgulla is belonged to West Bengal state, not in Odisha.

A couple of years ago, Odisha had claimed that Rosogulla had originated from Puri's Jagannath Templ, where it has been a part of the religious rituals since centuries ago. Darjeeling tea, for instance, has a GI tag for the tea produced exclusively in Darjeeling's tea gardens, as does Champagne for a specific bubbly produced in Champagne, France - all the rest simply being "Sparkling Wines".

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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. The GI tag was finally conferred on Tuesday. "He never thought of trying for a patent on the sweet but taught confectioners how to prepare it", Nobin Chandra Das' great-great-grandson Dhiman Das said. Now the day of celebration for West Bengal is here after the win over rosogolla origin.

There was a tussle between West Bengal and Odisha over the invention of Rosgulla for many years. West Bengal has given half-a-dozen historical evidences to back its claim.

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Tamil Nadu in its application stated that sculptures from Mamallapuram are known to be carved in stone with characteristics of intricate designing chiselled finely, keeping with the spirit of the surrounding Pallava art and architecture. The description includes cave architecture, rock architecture, structural temples, open sculptures, relief sculptures and painting/portrait sculptures.

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