After West Bengal, Odisha gets GI tag for its version of Rasagulla/RasagollaDate: 31 July 2019 Tags: Martial Arts
- The bitter war between Odisha and West Bengal appears to have ended in a draw with the grant of GI to Odisha as well for rasagulla.
Significance of GI:
- A GI tag helps in the branding and marketing of a local product and can attract penalties if copied by anybody outside that geographical region.
What is a GI?
- According to the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation) "a GI is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin."
- India, which is a party to TRIPS, formulated a GI law in 1999, which came into force four years later
What the fight was all about?
- In Nov, 2017 When West Bengal received its GI tag for its variety of Rasagulla many people wrongly believed that the GI Registry has recognized that the sweet originated in West Bengal.
- A bitter fight ensued between the two states over the sweet delicacy, both on social media and off it.
- Claims by West Bengal:
- Bengalis claim the sweet was invented by Nobin Chandra Das (Birth: 1845) at his Bagbazar residence in Kolkata.
- Claims by Odisha:
- Odias cite the tradition dating back to the 12th century of the cottage cheese dumpling being offered at the Puri Jagannath Temple.
- Odias as Rasagolla Dibasa (Day):
- During the festival of “Niladri Bije", Lord Jagannath offers rasgulla to his disgruntled consort Goddess Laxmi on his return from a nine-day-long Rath Yatra.
- That day is now marked by Odias as Rasagolla Dibasa (Day) every year.
- How a single product could be recognized as GI for 2 different geographies?
- The GI tag for the same product to both the neighboring states now recognizes two distinct varieties in taste and texture.