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India’s government appears set to ban private cryptocurrencies. News of the ban emerged in a Bulletin [PDF] that lists bills to be debated in the winter session of the Lok Sabha, India’s Parliament, which resumes for its winter sittings next week. The tenth bill on the list is titled “The Cryptocurrency and Regulation of …

  1. Version 1.0 Silver badge
    Coat

    Crypto change vs whatever change

    Cryptocurrency payments are basically just like credit card payments, just digital - we live in a digital world these days. As a kid I thought the digital world would be so much fun .... but then Google arrived and illustrated that the digital world is just like the political world, we're all just ways of giving more money to the 1% of the population that owns half the world.

    These days I just keep a little money (notes and real coins) in my pockets.

  2. HildyJ Silver badge
    Holmes

    Harbinger?

    Official crypto currency seems to be a direction many countries have gone, are going, or are looking into.

    What will vary from country to country is whether or not citizens are allowed to mine, use, or hold other crypto currencies.

    What it will mean for investors or speculators in Bitcoin or Etherium is unclear (although the 7,730 (you read that right) other crypto currencies listed on CoinMarketCap are probably in trouble).

  3. Raj

    The right move

    India is already the world leader in digital payments through its centrally run Unified Payments Interface . Its half a billion smartphone users aggregated 35 billion real time payments totaling over $850 billion in the 12 months to October. That month alone saw 4.2 billion transactions for $105 billion total value: https://www.npci.org.in/what-we-do/upi/product-statistics

    These numbers are double the aggregate to the same month in 2020, which in turn was double that of 2019. By end of year these should be 40 billion transactions for $1 trillion in value. With the network effect taking hold, 2022 could see 100 billion transactions for $2 trillion value.

    Crypto and for that matter the conventional Visa/MC network have little value in India. The local RuPay card has over 600 million cardholder, an order of magnitude more than Visa. The Indian fintech play is simple - a national tech stack that drives trillions of dollars in internal transactions with strict data localization laws blocking out data collection and cross border personal data movement by ad companies like Google.

    What’s crypto going to do here ? India already has a functional and ubiquitous digital payments system. Payment QR codes are everywhere. Even pushcart vendors use it. One can travel across country and conduct all typical transactions using UPI and never deal with cash.

    Indias banning crypto not because it’s reactionary but because it already has a robust digital payments infrastructure and crypto is just speculative noise.

  4. Clausewitz 4.0 Bronze badge
    Devil

    Fear

    Some countries seems to be afraid of cryptocurrencies for no reason.

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