India Should Legalize Online Sports Betting

Published Thursday, July 16, 2015 -
India Should Legalize Online Sports Betting

It is not a good thing to gamble all the time but as some writers and proponents of punting think, it may be bad not to gamble. Nirmal Shekar who just wrote a long article in ‘The Hindu’ news claims that gambling is part of human nature and thus should be part of life’s normal activities. This author says we are programmed to take chances and should be proud of the fact that at some time in the past man decided to take the gamble and walk upright.

Webster’s dictionary defines gambling as an act that depends on chances, risk or an uncertain venture. If everybody were to avoid risks, no one would get out of bed in the morning and the world would stand still. The difficult task the writer goes on to say is that authorities determine betting to be a criminal activity which is a basic instinct that cannot be stopped. Heywood Broun, an American sports writer once said, “The urge to gamble is so universal and its practice is so pleasurable, that I assume it must be evil,” The great Fyodor Dostoyevsky in ‘The Gambler’ “The gambling instinct is born in all normal persons,”

The problem still comes in the form of those who want to influence the outcome of sporting events such as cricket for monetary gain through gambling. Online gambling has been a vehicle for the illegal activity and is closely monitored today.  In India there have been many cases of corruption related to match fixing that involve betting huge sums of money which is the sign of illegal activity. There are many online betting sites catering to Indian cricket punters, and the much-maligned Indian Premier League events.This article points out many benefits that India could gain if it made cricket betting legal and collected taxes in the process. It is obvious that the country could use even a small portion of the millions spent on offshore sites.


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