Bitcoin in India: What Happens When the World’s Largest Remittance Market Regulates Bitcoin?

Earlier this week, CCN reported that the Supreme Court of India request the central bank and the authorities to provide clarity on the regulatory framework surrounding bitcoin and the cryptocurrency market.

“According to Indian news daily The Hindu, three justices from India’s Supreme Court – the highest court in the country – have issued notices to the Finance, Law and Justice and Information Technology ministries, as well as the central bank (Reserve Bank of India) and market regulator (Securities and Exchange Board of India), demanding they respond to a petition seeking clarity on bitcoin’s legality in the country,” a CCN report read.

Since mid-2017, the Indian government and its cryptocurrency focused task force delve extensively into the formation of necessary regulatory frameworks to provide a better and a more robust ecosystem for both businesses and investors.

However, for many months, the Indian government not offered any clarity apart from the fact that bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are not illegal in the country. As such, India’s major exchanges and trading platforms such as ZebPay and Coinsecure have continued to operate, serving Indian users and processing payments for general consumers.

At the current state in the adoption of bitcoin wherein all of the major global economies including the US, Japan, South Korea, and Russia–Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that regulatory frameworks for bitcoin and cryptocurrencies will be released in the future, following the frameworks other governments have imposed–have legalized bitcoin, it has become increasing difficult for any government to simply dismiss bitcoin and prevent from providing regulatory frameworks for cryptocurrency businesses and investors.

It is not possible to ban bitcoin at the current phase, as that would lead to a government or an economy to be isolated from the global bitcoin market and cryptocurrency industry. Hence, in the long-term, it is highly likely that governments and countries including India will regulate their bitcoin markets.

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