Rasagola Dibasa today: A ‘sweet’ battle laced with history, controversy

By: | Updated: July 18, 2016 9:57 AM

In an effort to claim the sweet as their own, people of Odisha are celebrating 'Rasagola Dibas' today.

A sand art by Sudarshan Patnaik. Source: Twitter/Sudarshan PatnaikA sand art by Sudarshan Patnaik. Source: Twitter

In an effort to claim the sweet as their own, people of Odisha are celebrating ‘Rasagola Dibas’ today.

Rasagola, a luscious sweet called differently as ‘rosogolla’, ‘roshogolla’, ‘rasagulla’, ‘rashbari’, and ‘rasgulla’, in West Bengal, Odisha and other parts of the country, became a subject of controversy last year as West Bengal and Odisha governments claimed the sweet as their own.

The Indian Express reported in September last year that the first claim for the sweet came from Bengal Science and Technology Department, which took steps to for a GI authentication for the sweet with authentication from historians.

The report quoted West Bengal historian Haripada Bhowmik as saying, “The spongy white delicacy called rasgulla is made from chhena, which has distinct characteristics. It’s the unquestioned truth that Nobin Chandra Das (who called himself the inventor of rasgulla) was the pioneer of it. Even (Odia leader) Biju Patnaik acknowledged Nobin Chandra Das’s rasgulla and its Bengali origins.”

Responding to West Bengal’s move, the Odisha government set up three committees to prove the sweet originated in Odisha.

People of Odisha claim that the sweet originated in the state as early as the 13th century.

According to a Times of India report, the Odisha government is examining a 150-page research report providing “documentary evidences” to prove that the sweet originated in the state.

The report cites ‘Dandi Ramayan’ a 15th century Odia adaptation of ‘Valmiki Ramayan’ for the purpose and and also provides proofs that the sweet existed in Odisha much before West Bengal, ToI reported.

Not only the two state governments are making efforts to claim the sweet as their own, people of the states are also participating in the ‘sweet’ debate on social media forums so much so that the ‘sweet’ debate has turned hot.

While the debate to claim the GI tag for the sweet is yet to settle, people of Odisha are celebrating ‘Rasagola Dibasa’ today with many proposing their own theories of the origin of the delicacy.

Sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik also celebrated the day in his own style as the #RasagolaDibasa continues to trend on Twitter. Here are some of the most interesting tweets.

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