A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
Likewise, a roshogolla, call it what you will, would taste as sweet. And so it would, had the delectable dessert, a moonlike orb of smooth, spongy cottage cheese, dipped and cooked in sugar syrup, had emerged out of just any kitchen. Yet, of late, it has been mercilessly squeezed between two states, Odisha and West Bengal, who are engaged in a bitter battle over ownership rights over India’s favourite sweet, each claiming its origins. And if a jubilant Bengal thought they had the last juicy bite of the stuff last year, a new development should sober the celebration.
The legal duel started in 2015, when both states applied for a Geographical Identification certification, which grants trademark rights to specific regions, cultures, communities or societies as inventors of certain products or foods, with the primary objective of preventing fraud or adulteration. But the GI...