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Sports

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Nikitanamrita , Jul, 20 2016

Legalising betting; it's not what you think it is. Betting and Gambling have a difference!


On January 4, a three-member panel appointed by the Supreme Court also recommended legalising cricket betting in India. The panel, headed by chairman RN Lodha, was set up to investigate the IPL match-fixing scandal of 2013 and suggest ways to improve the functioning of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the game's powerful governing body. The Lodha panel has taken a realistic view on betting, saying the BCCI should have an "in-built mechanism" to ensure players and administrators don't bet on matches. Making betting legit is a view also shared by a scrum of cricket administrators, former cricketers, law enforcement agencies, sports lawyers, industry bodies and politicians connected with cricket.
On January 4, a three-member panel appointed by the Supreme Court also recommended legalising cricket betting in India. The panel, headed by chairman RN Lodha, was set up to investigate the IPL match-fixing scandal of 2013 and suggest ways to improve the functioning of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the game's powerful governing body. The Lodha panel has taken a realistic view on betting, saying the BCCI should have an "in-built mechanism" to ensure players and administrators don't bet on matches. Making betting legit is a view also shared by a scrum of cricket administrators, former cricketers, law enforcement agencies, sports lawyers, industry bodies and politicians connected with cricket.

Sukhwinder Singh , Jul, 19 2016


India is poorly administered financially due to lack of banking facilities,or out of cash or even small of their livelihoods to save in the banks to administered , people are not ready to use the transactions in white for what they purchase even they can afford. For ex. On every occasion of diwali " the reserve bank governor" would be frightened for how much money is going to come into the market which is unaccounted, who has to take that back from the market to curb inflationary pressures . earlier one of the governor said approximately 80,000 crores are coming in as unaccounted. .and moreover whom should have the controlling authority , since most of the regulating agencies are inefficient due lack of powers or political influences which is leading to the de-moralisation of the regulators to discharge their duties. I see it as too early to legalize the betting since we have so many hurdles to deal in the financial sector of the industries which is largely unorganized( agriculture, retail, food etc ) and yet to bring them is prime concern which are exploiting the poor badly. and i dont see the exchequer would become fat if it is legalized than any other industries which is yet to have which are source of livelihoods. if you want to increase the revenue of the exchequer better bring some sectors whom largely depended and whom you think are prone to vulnerability into organized and take from them as appropriately than this merely entertainment of pleasing ones which serves no purpose.
India is poorly administered financially due to lack of banking facilities,or out of cash or even small of their livelihoods to save in the banks to administered , people are not ready to use the transactions in white for what they purchase even they can afford. For ex. On every occasion of diwali "


Bhimesh , Jul, 19 2016


To some extent it seems feasible as them stated the betting should be legalized to ensure the safety and security of the players by taking this sector into organized form , which is most exploitative in nature by the muscle men , wealthy ..etc kind of people on the innocents which is prevailed mostly in the metros and cities..by legalizing the betting we can monitor the organizers to safe play, players can exercise judicial guarantee if it was played foully and can impose the taxes based on the revenue generating on this business which eventually add to the exchequer . and we can categorize the fields based on which is the most populous or which field is attracted by which sector of the society to make suitable tax bases as like we did in the income tax, unlike uniform tax base which might back fires. On the other hand by legalizing the betting we are attracting more complexities with the flow of money in the market than now which are most of them are black money and are played by the people who are well known to the society on behalf of the anti social elements whom are funded by the corporates or politicians to have their benefits from them. and it may also increases the laundering of money, if it is not enforced through proper channel which is to put for bet. unless the money is channelled through the banks or the legal financial institutions it creates a havoc in the market and increases the liquidity that in turn leads to inflation which might spoil the mood of the govt by the outrage of the people and the opposition for price raises, and may damage the image internationally .
To some extent it seems feasible as them stated the betting should be legalized to ensure the safety and security of the players by taking this sector into organized form , which is most exploitative in nature by the muscle men , wealthy ..etc kind of people on the innocents which is prevailed mostl


priyanka , Jul, 19 2016


Yes their are various advantages such as more tax income, openness etc. But still for the average Indian sportsman who toils for decades for a limelight of two, four, six years of play at the top level shortcut of making a quick buck is far too risky. India is has announced its arrival as a power in archery, billiards, chess, cricket, boxing, badminton, shooting, wrestling and many other sports. Think over, in most sports salaries are not high as cricket, I sincerely doubt other players will remain loyal to their sport if a loss is going to pay them more than what they can earn whole life winning.
Yes their are various advantages such as more tax income, openness etc. But still for the average Indian sportsman who toils for decades for a limelight of two, four, six years of play at the top level shortcut of making a quick buck is far too risky. India is has announced its arrival as a power in


Ashat , Jul, 19 2016


Betting should not be legalised in India. Gambling is part of Indian history and still it is not allowed. Legal Gambling or betting are mostly associated with surplus economies i.e economies where tertiary sectors are most important. The per capita income that half of the economy generates is low by all standards. Government is already struggling with poor mans mismanagement of resources and alcoholism. Betting is complex process where athletes or sports persons are duly informed of their rights and counselling is done properly. Since most Indian athletes come from poor background lure of making some quick money can destroy lot of careers. We are a country of more than a billion people we have handful of injury treatment centers for sportsmen how will we counsel so many old and young ones and keep an eye on them. The best example is Pakistan. Their team is exceptionally talented but lure of quick money has ruined many in the team. Mohd Amir bowled no balls in the test match because his captain had asked him. Imagine yourself as a teenager, picked in the Indian team and Dhoni asks you to bowl a no ball, wont you? Though afterwards he claimed ignorance but still careers were destroyed because of collective greed of many. Many a times a powerful person would not like to lose money so he may pressurize the players not to give 100%. Indian Premier League was in the limelight recently not because some people took money to concede runs but main reason is because sports fans who tuned into tv sets or bought match tickets, jerseys, souvenirs were cheated of their hard earned money.
Betting should not be legalised in India. Gambling is part of Indian history and still it is not allowed. Legal Gambling or betting are mostly associated with surplus economies i.e economies where tertiary sectors are most important. The per capita income that half of the economy generates is low by


Akhilesh Agarwal , Jul, 19 2016


The revenue generated through taxes on such betting would be quite enormous. The betting market runs into thousands of crores and the taxes would generate quite a lot of extra revenue for the Government, which can then put it to good use. The held view is that, if nothing else, it can at least take away the money from organised crime and send it into municipal coffers! The proponents against legalisation are of the view that legalisation will turn sportsmen into roulette chips. Players might yield more easily to the temptation of fixing, which could jeopardise the integrity of sports. Then theres the ethical angle the view that gambling is essentially a habit with many negative side effects. There are both sides to it, but the greater view being taken in the light of increasing cases of match fixing is that legalisation can at least lead to a way to regulate betting, tax it and control it with more sensible, enforceable laws.
The revenue generated through taxes on such betting would be quite enormous. The betting market runs into thousands of crores and the taxes would generate quite a lot of extra revenue for the Government, which can then put it to good use. The held view is that, if nothing else, it can at least take


Surbhi Singh , Jul, 19 2016


First of all I would like to point a difference between Betting and Gambling. In Gambling, the outcome is purely dependent on chance, no role of historical performance or data, while In Betting, Historical data play some role in predicting the output. i think betting should be legalised in India. Under this , the police is no longer involved in preventive action but in regulatory action. The bet amounts on players are known. The betting agencies are regulated. Tracking cash exchanges are easier. Theres reputation at stake. In such a regulated environment, an unusual activity is easier to detect. It doesnt completely solve the problem of fixing, just makes it easier to track, investigate and catch anomalies. And when theres a greater chance of getting caught, then of course the fear of fixing also increases. This fear can translate into lesser illegal activities such as fixing.
First of all I would like to point a difference between Betting and Gambling. In Gambling, the outcome is purely dependent on chance, no role of historical performance or data, while In Betting, Historical data play some role in predicting the output. i think betting should be legalised in India.


Zoya Khan , Jul, 19 2016


Gambling, the game which started the mythological war of Mahabharat has a particular negative connotation attached to it from ages. It lead brother to fight against each other and collapsed an entire empire. All that was left were misery and destruction. Keeping this saga in mind, I am of the view that though gambling is rampant in Indian society and can possibly lead to a bounty for exchequer, it should never be legalized as that could provide legality to a game which is known to destroy homes and family. India is a country having the potential to become world super power but it is also plagued with unemployment, illiteracy and poverty. Gambling if legalized could feed easily on these traits and become rampant and uncontrolled. Gandhi and our constitution makers had already envisioned the idea of an Indian society which is free from vices like alcohol, gambling and this lead them to inculcate their cherished goals in the form of Directive Principle of State Policy. Coming to the argument that it should be legalized as there is already black door market for interested people but the logic of argument is principally flawed as the same can be used by people who want to legalize black money (alternative currency) to forward their case. What is needed is an amendment to Public Gambling Act of 1867 so that it could match the tech savvy gamblers of todays era and deter them with hard punishment. Thus certainty of hard punishment would go a long way in eroding this evil from its very root. Also, the people who forward the view that it would lead to exchequer getting increased revenue doesnt take the view that government and society is there to look for the citizens into consideration. If revenue has to be increased then more beneficial things can be done by the government like more vocational training institute for students, support for MSME sector and various other social sector schemes so that people could become more productive and contribute taxes to the state exchequer. The tax net also needs to be widen so that government can raised the fund which could then be productively used.
Gambling, the game which started the mythological war of Mahabharat has a particular negative connotation attached to it from ages. It lead brother to fight against each other and collapsed an entire empire. All that was left were misery and destruction. Keeping this saga in mind, I am of the vie