Betting and Gambling is one of the age-old games being played in India. Originally started for entertainment Gambling has radically evolved into a full-time money earning business over the years. However, in India the Casino Gambling is being run without any strict actions in key cosmopolitan cities and even in 2nd, 3rd tier towns and villages.
What the Law Says?
“The Public Gambling Act of 1867 is a central law that prohibits running or being in charge of a public gaming house. The penalty for breaking this law is a fine of ₹200 or imprisonment of up to 3 months. Additionally, this Act prohibits visiting gambling houses. A fine of ₹100 or imprisonment of up to one month is the penalty.”
This light-hearted law is only a hogwash. Politically backed and moderated by local goons, business houses run highly systematic casino gambling in casino clubs, online casino gambling websites and even casino game apps.
Lottery is again another multi-crore gambling business that is run by several state governments while being officially banned in other states of India. Not sure, why Lottery it is legal and illegal in various states. The people who spend money in buying Lottery are mostly illiterates, daily labors and lower middle-class citizens. The idea of Winning Lottery and becoming rich shackles their belief system in rightfully sweating hardwork and earning steady income by undertaking regularized jobs.
Kerala state Lotteries run by Government of Kerala is a popular and profitable lottery business engine. From a humble INR 20 Lakhs revenue in 1967, during the financial year 2013- 2014, The department reported a profit of Rs 788.42 crore.
In India Tamilnadu State has banned all forms of Lottery business in the year of 2003 being sold within or from outside the state.
Don’t read it wrong. It is not fighting with the Dogs. It is a barbaric blood sport being organized in remote villages and secret undergrounds in metro cities where two Voracious Dog Breeds are allowed to fight each other, tear flesh, break bones until they are pronounced dead. In India, Dog fights are often staged in barns, outdoor pits, garages, basements, warehouses, abandoned buildings, back alleys, neighborhood playgrounds, or even in the streets. Local Officials are being “Handled” to not act or report these games.
Animal Welfare Organizations such as PETA India and the Animal Welfare Board of India are not able to report or act against or entirely ban these blood sport as these events are being organized and followed by a loyal fan base using posters, local adverts and SMS or WhatsApp groups for their sickening amusement.
Though it is legally banned in India, Indian states such as Punjab, Haryana, Jaipur, Uttar Pradesh and in some parts of Delhi one can regularly come across Dog Fighting events.
Sports Gambling Betting
What’s sickening is while most of our generation teens and youngsters are already lacking physical fitness and start catching up lifestyle diseases, politically backed corporate companies are launching disguised Sports Betting schemes, online betting games and betting mobile apps in a loosely-framed legal system.
Sports Gambling and Betting is highly detrimental for a healthy ecosystem, business economics and following crimes.
In India, several times Sports Betting incidents have been reported, caught red-handed and punishments have been levied. In the promise of earning money or satisfying instant income gratification, these quick rich schemes loot masses of people in a jiff. FICCI reported that the market for underground or illegal sports betting has been pegged at over ₹300,000 crore. A report by the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS), illegal betting and gambling revenue market in India is valued at $150 billion. Experts say that nearly 80 per cent of this is being contributed by cricket.
Kites are an amazing form of scientific experiment where we learnt to fly kites sky high for mere entertainment. Over the period this too got corrupted by the introduction of variations, skills demonstration, racing and now uncontrollable criminal activities that follow such kite flying events.
Kite Running, Kite Flying Race, Kite Fighting and there are several other deadly variations in India. Flying Kites and getting into serious racing lead people into several dangers like injuries, bleeding, accidents, fights and even murders. Every year in India several people are reportedly killed by Manja, the glass powder coated kite flying. Kite flying also poses threat to low flying planes and copters.
There is blanket ban for this deadly motivated kite flying that poses deadly risks and disrupts normal lives. Kite Flying is banned in several cities though being practiced in most parts of the country because of the lack of regular authorities.
Once known as motherland to several thousand rare animal species that other countries in the world were envious of. But thanks to the enlightenment behind the animal trafficking business and bloody entertainment affairs, people are lured into developing a flair for Animal Hunting. Many rare animal species are now in the danger of becoming extinct due to the volume of animal hunting activities.
Popular animal species that are being hunted are deers, tigers, elephants, rhinos, snakes, crocodiles, peacocks and several other birds. These animals are mostly hunted dead or alive for their peculiar features in their skin, horns, feathers, meat or just for entertainment.
Cocks are by nature aggressive. But that is mainly for establishing territories, claiming mating rights and for displaying genetic dominance among the bird community. This natural past time of watching cocks fight has become a blood sport now. Today Cockfighting is an illegal sport banned in several states of India.
Cock Fighting was originated in the Southern India and spread across the entire Indian sub-continent. The sport has become banned once people started tying 3 to 4 inches blades to legs of the birds and allowed them to fight, poke each other until they die or retract from fighting.
Exclusively for Cockfighting, special fighting cock breeds are bred, grown and trained to create bloody entertainment for the onlookers.
Banned Video Games
Who could have guessed that even video games would create havoc in the society. Several video games released over the years have been banned and shut down by the Government.
Several video games like Manhunt Series, Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat, Dragon Age inquisition, Overwatch, Smite, Pokemon Go were reported and found to be spreading violence, sexual orientation, disrupts religious beliefs and create public havoc.
BlueWhale is another game that jolted the World by inducing players to kill themselves. Without adequate regularization laws and acts video games create quick damage before their aftermath is realized and controlled.
Bullfight and Jallikattu
Bullfight is a form of animal fighting between two strong bulls in certain parts of the country. Sair fair is the traditional bull fight. In India the bull fight event is organized at Arki in Solan, Himachal Pradesh and certain other parts of the country.
Jallikattu has been practiced in India for Thousands of years and is a part of the culture to demonstrate courage. This practice of Jallikattu is unharmful for the bulls and promotes breeding of native cow breeds which is a backbone for the agricultural ecosystem in India. Often being misunderstood and politically played out, in 2014 the sport Jallikattu was outlawed by the Supreme Court following objections from animal rights activists who say it is cruel. But later in 2017 January after the protests by people of Tamilnadu, the ruling was withheld.
Bikes and Car racing is another deadly sport in India. Following the popularization of F1 Car racing and sports bike racing events in the western world, India too picked up the lead and started running racing events across many states. With a strong purchasing power, teens and youths are buying, importing high performance vehicles for their personal gratification and indulge in life threatening racing events in an unorganized manner. Several paining accidents have been reported and hundreds of people die due to these street racing events on bikes or cars.
Let us be vigilant enough in spreading awareness among youth and the overall society about the harm these banned games present.
No previous Government in India is exempted from any severe allegations on conducting immoral business practices, scams, scandals and creating rifts in the social-economic layers of our country. Narendra Modi let BJP Government is no exception as well. Below are just the Top ten scandals that are being discussed by Media and public. We will leave it to Time to judge the parties, business men and corrupt officials and take action appropriately.
Rafale Controversy (2018)
The Rafale Deal Controversy is a political controversy in India related to the purchase of 36 multirole fighter aircraft Rafale from France’s Dassault Aviation. This controversy discusses a multi-year scandal that has been going on for several years even before BJP took the power in hand. The controversy began when questions were raised on why indigenous state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) was not chosen to build these flights when Prime Minister Narendra Modi campaigns about Make in India. Also, the fact that Reliance brother Ambani has partnered with the Dassault Aviation. Following the accusations made by Congress Party, BJP took an U-Turn and accused back Congress Rulers whose negotiations with the alleged French Aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation. Dassault Aviation has however denied these accusations. Time will uncover the truth.
Bank Loan Scam – Year -2104 -2108
Rs 77,000 cr Bank loan fraud took place under Modi Government. This is something as common public, we all can understand and relate to as the amount of bank frauds, loan scams torrent on a daily basis in partnership with politicians and influential business magnets. Based on an RTI Plea, it has come out to light that to a tune of Rs. 77,000 Crore worth of Bank Loan Frauds has been reported ever since the Narendra Modi Government took the reign. The RBI response and data only shows that the bank loan and scams have been increased disproportionately under Modi Government. The cases of Nirav Modi and Mekul Choksi are few examples of how influential business people are protected against legal action.
Vijay Mallya Escape Year – 2016
Vijay Mallya was involved Bank loan fraud of INR 9000 and wanted by Govt of India, but he escaped from India to London under Modi’s Government. It has been SIX years since the Bank Loan scandals by Vijay Mallya have been brought out to daylight. But even now he seems to be roaming freely across the Globe without having to go through any legal action. It is indeed surprising how injustice and inequality plays well in the ever-increasing rich poor divide in India.
Nirav Modi Escape 2018
Diamond Merchant Nirav Modi was involved Bank loan fraud of INR 13000 and wanted by Govt of India, but he escaped from India to London under Modi’s government. With so many properties, jewelleries, bank accounts with crores of money, This influential merchant again has followed the lead of Vijay Mallya and simply waved his hands to the legal institutions of India. Though his properties and bank accounts in India have been seized by the Government that amounts just to (Rs.674 Crore) 5% of his overall scam contribution (INR 13000 Crores). The government has been trying to seek help from foreign institutions to seize his overseas properties and to bring back to India.
Adani power scam – 2014
INR 50,000-crore scam engineered by a subsidiary of the Adani Enterprises and shell companies by over-invoicing imported power plant equipment that resulted in inflated electricity tariffs. This inquiry was initiated by the Congress Party way back in 2013 to expose BJP Government’s beneficiaries. However the Narendra Modi let BJP Government has been taking it slowly and this investigation will not seem to reach a conclusive stage.
Chikki Scam 2016
The scam is about awarding of chikki contracts worth Rs206 crore for school children without following proper procedures. These accusations are about the Devendra Fadnavis Government, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Till date the accusations have gone diluted and no strong actions have been taken against the state government.
Dal Scam 2015
A staggering Rs. 250000 lakh crore by Adani and company is quoted as the reason behind skyrocketing dal prices in India massively. Hoarding Pulse Stocks in Foreign Ports and creating artificial demand in India to skyrocket pulse prices is the chief technique played out in this modus operandi. Imagine the devastating effect for farmers, consumers, poor and middle class families across India. Also importing locally available pulses from Mozambique in bulk for utter cheap prices and selling locally in exorbitant prices is detrimental to Indian Economy.
Zubin Irani Land Scam 2017
Purchase of an alleged ‘school playground’ in Kuchwahi, over 500 km from Bhopal. Zubin Irani is the husband of Union Minister Smriti Irani. The land was said to be donated to the Government by an affluent local villager several years back. Until now, the land had been used by the School as a Playground by the school. Now that it has been purchased, strong fences have been laid out in a warfoot basis that started blocking the passage for students and local people to reach the school itself. Lot of fraudulent document forgeries have been taken place in this scam. People outcry have attracted no legal action against wealthy politicians.
SSC Scam 2018
The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) Question has been the institution that is given the responsibility of fulfilling government positions for several state and central government departments across the country. The fact that SSC Question Papers getting leaked has become a regular incident raised the question of what kind of scam is going behind this racket. Cancelling exams quoting unrelatable reasons by the SSC, lakhs of aspiring students and candidates have started protesting to normalize the operations of the recruitment board exams. Social Media brought to light many examples of how question papers have been leaked for cash and though media companies have blown it up, till date no severe mandates have been taken on this matter.
E-tender Scam – 2018
BJP-led Madhya Pradesh government Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is under scanner for the 3,000-crore e-tenders for its rural water supply in March 2018. Apparently this is a technical scam where they have manipulated the e-tender platform to favor their blessed private companies against public. Though cases have been admitted, the technical vendors behind maintaining the tendering platform have been blamed and as usual Netas have been well protected behind this multi-crore scandal.
There are several more scandals that are being unearthed as usual every day in an average Indian life. Only time has to change where the legal system need to execute criminal punishments instead of inquiring for several years.
The lives of Celebrities are often filled publicity stunts, mysteries, gossips and super drama. It is very unfortunate that the lives of some of the Celebrities end in an undesired manner.
- Actress Sridevi
The south born actress who rose to fame in Bollywood, then aged 54, died on 24th February “due to accidental drowning following loss of consciousness”, police said. She was found in a hotel bathtub. Many speculations are circulating in the media. We are yet to understand the real cause of her sudden demise.
- Actress & Politician Jayalalithaa
Another leading actress from South, who went on to become one of the prominent politician and a chief minister of 5 times for the Tamilnadu State, died in 2017. Jayalalithaa was bed ridden in Apollo Hospitals for more than a month before she was pronounced dead due to health conditions. Still there are inquiries and rumours about her death in the air about possible causes keep us wondering.
- Actress Divya Bharti
Actress Divya Bharti a very popular actress often related to her resemblance with leading actress SriDevi. It was reported that Divya Bharti fell from the fifth floor of her apartment. Police investigated the case but came to a conclusion that it was a suicide. However, there were speculations that her husband Sajid Nadiadwala was the cause of her death. Decades have gone since she died.
- Actress Jiah Khan
Death – The 25-year-old actress, who made her debut with RGV’s ‘Nishabdh’, anging from her ceiling at her Juhu apartment on June 3, 2013. Her mother Rabia Khan alleged that it was not a suicide, and that it was murder. She blamed actor Aditya Pancholi’s son, Sooraj Pancholi, who was Jiah’s boyfriend, for her death. She also produced pages from Jiah’s diary where the actor had written about her unhappy relationship.
- Director Guru Dutt
Death – The director, actor and producer, who gave us classics like Pyaasa, Kaagaz Ke Phool, Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam, and Chaudhvin Ka Chand was found dead due to an alcohol and sleeping pill overdose. Dutt was a victim of depression.
- Actress Silk Smitha
Vijayalakshmi Vadlapati, popularly known as Silk Smitha was the sex siren of the South Cinema Industry. The actress died in 1996 by committing suicide. It is said that her alcoholism, failed romances and dwindling finances made her take her own life. Her story was also made into a film. Vidya Balan portrayed Silk Smitha in the blockbuster ‘The Dirty Picture”.
- Actor Kunal Singh
Death – The cute actor from ‘Dil Hi Dil Mein’ was found hanging from the ceiling of his house. However, the actor’s father claimed that it was not a suicide and that his son was murdered.
- Actress Parveen Babi
Parveen Babi was the first Indian actress to grace the Time Magazine cover. The actress was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and was found dead in her Mumbai flat. Postmortem, the doctors speculated that she starved herself to death.
- Model Viveka Babajee
One of India’s top models died a tragic death, when she hung herself from the ceiling fan in her flat. She had left a diary which eerily said ‘I kill’. It is suspected that a spat with her boyfriend pushed her to the edge.
- Actress Soundarya
South Indian Actress Soundarya and her brother Amarnath died in an aircraft crash near Bangalore on 17 April 2004, when she was on her way to Karimnagar to campaign for the Bharatiya Janata Party and Telugu Desam Party candidate for the upcoming elections. She was 7 months pregnant when she died.
Let us pray that their souls rest in peace.
Recent PNB INR 11,300 Crores scam exposes the biggest flaws in the Indian banking system and Law mechanism works. Let us have look at the previous scams that have taught us a lot. Some of these scams have been brought forward to trial and got some justice. Rest of them will run for years without justice.
- Indian Coal Allocation Scam
People lost: Rs 186000 crores
Main accused: Manmohan Singh, Kumar Mangalam Birla and P.C. Parakh
- Fodder Scam
People lost: Rs. 950 crores
Main accused: Lalu Prasad Yadav
- Bofors Scam
People lost: Rs 400 million
Main accused: Ottavio Quattrocchi
- Satyam Scam
People lost: Rs 14,000 crores
Main accused: B. Ramalinga Raju
- Saradha Group Chit-Fund Scam
People lost: Rs. 24 billion
Main accused: Sudipto Sen
- Nirav Modi –PNB scam
People lost: Rs. 113 billion
Main accused: Nirav Modi
- Harshad Mehta Scam
People lost: Rs 5,000 crores
Main accused: Harshad Mehta
- 2G Spectrum Scam
People lost: Rs 1,76,645 crores
Main accused: A. Raja & M. K. Kanimozhi
- Commonwealth Games Scam
People lost: Rs 90 crores
Main accused: Suresh Kalmadi
- Hawala Scam
People lost: $18 million
Main accused: L.K Advani/ Late Narasimha Rao
With many more scams yet to be explored, few immoral Indian Politicians and Business People continue to take their tolls. Let us look forward to read more about newer scams in the upcoming years.