Regulation seen cutting illegal gambling, boosting state revenue

Popular Indian politician, Shashi Tharoor, a member of the main opposition Congress Party, stirred the political pot earlier this year by introducing a private member’s bill into parliament calling for the legalisation and regulation of online sports betting. While the bill isn’t expected to pass in its current form, it was seen as an important step in firing up the debate on the issue in India, which is seen as one of gaming’s last great untapped frontiers. Mr Tharoor spoke to Asia Gaming Brief about his rationale for introducing the bill and the likely next steps. The 16th Lok Sabha has been dissolved and all the pending bills have lapsed. Will you reintroduce the bill when the Parliament reconvenes? The composition of the 17th Lok Sabha will determine the future course of action for my legislative work. However, whether I am in the opposition benches or part of the...

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