India Ban on Bitcoin | RBI Provides 3 Months to Everyone | My Views

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Bitcoin has been in limelight since last year. More and more people started getting introduced to Bitcoin in 2017. We have seen market peeked above $800 bn from $25 bn in just one year of time.

We also have seen everyone talking about bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are going to fall or has crashed hard. But if you actually consider the price in April 2017 which was around $1100 and now in April 2018 it's above $6600 which is six times fold within a year, after the crash. In my opinion, it's not called crash it's called "correction".

There is still a confusion in people investing in crypto space. Everyone is not technical and everyone doesn't understand the fundamentals of blockchain technology. People who understand this technology are calling it a revolution and people who see bitcoin rising are calling it a great investment returns.

Governments and Authorities are trying to pressure people, who think bitcoin as an investment opportunity rather than a revolutionary technology. We have seen Korea previously when it was announced, South Korea will be baning exchanges and bitcoin trading but this action got reversed in a couple of weeks.

This time RBI (Reserve Bank of India) has shown concerns about growing Bitcoin investments in the country. Deputy Governor B.P. Kanungo has mentioned:

If they (cryptocurrencies) grow beyond a critical size they can endanger financial stability.

He also mentioned that RBI is not against Blockchain technology, in fact, they want it to get more explored and use it in tradition financial system in a centralized way.

Basically, they are talking about crypto-based fiat currency which India has already announced earlier in 2018 itself.

Banks have three months to close their dealings with the companies who work as cryptocurrency exchanges in India such as Zebpay & UnoCoin.

Since then Indian investors are selling their bitcoins crazily. in fact, there is a huge price difference in Indian exchanges and international exchanges. The current price of BTC is around $6800 whereas on Indian exchanges, due to heavy sell out BTC price is reflecting nearly $5400.

I personally believe that this action will be reversed within 3 months or more. If this doesn't happen Indian investors still have a chance to sell out their BTC to the international market. This would create a mess in the country and increase the percentage of black money.

Whereas Indian economy might lose the chance of gaining taxes on BTC investments. The major reason I could find out while my research is that there is huge fall in international bank transfers from past year. Clearly, people in India have found the way to save the transaction costs with international transfers. This means people are not only using Bitcoin as an investment but has also started using it to receive money from cross borders.

Would love to know your thoughts on RBI's crypto ban action in the comment section below.


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I agree, this decision clearly shows the desperation and fear among central banks, they are afraid that this Block-chain revolution will lead to ripples across the financial sector, it will create new winners and losers, and it will likely decentralize banking services and create micro markets, to any banker, this is a scary thought. Ultimately they are trying to save their jobs....

I do agree with you @hms818, central banks & governments want to explore blockchain technology more and use it for their own benefits by centralizing everything. but when it comes to decentralization they are too afraid to lose control.

But the problem, for now, is this Jenine is already out of the bottle and more and more people are getting to know the possibilities ahead with this technology. It cannot be stopped, in my opinion.

Central Banks are just delaying the inevitable at all cost. And are likely soaking up coins on this FUD, you know Jamie Dimon is.

Hmm nice talk

Exactly and it's what my uncles are deliberately on right now I think Central Bank are sitting on soup on this one...

You want to control the people, they you have to have control of the money. Government cant allow to slip what is the only reason why people listen to them in the first place.

@mandeep.vicky exactly, this is not going to end here, their actions will be reversed according to me. Bitcoin has already shown the middle finger to RBI statement. @heyimsnuffles

no govt can ban btc 100% sure

I don't think any ban is of importance, @bunnychum.
The crypto system is already in place and functioning. India cannot isolate itself economically from the world.
So all this ban is just a ploy of the government to create control and earning for itself. I think.
It is never going to be black and white.
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I think RBI is coming up with its own INR based crypto, sooner than you think. @nehab

This would provide them with various options, keeping banking system away from decentralized crypto, Providing a Stable centralized crypto (INR) will help them analyze how much people are earning from Indian exchanges as they would be keeping a close eye on crypto-INR trading pairs.

Exactly what I meant.
I believe so too.
Once RBI has it's system in place, The bans will be modified !

It is all a game. Governance is always a game of control and power play.
What do you say, @bunnychum ?

You are spot on Nehab!

banning bitcoin , by saying that it can used for corruption and transferring black money, is just an excuse.
Indian Government, is doing everything to strengthen the banks and banking system.
A year ago Indian Prime Minister, did demonetization in India , by giving the reason that demonetization will eliminate corruption, but , it was just a silly excuse.
The reason for demonetization, was to strengthen the banks and the banking system.
Now Indian government is using the same old excuse of corruption. But the actual reason for banning bitcoin, is the banks.
Cryptocurrency is threat to banking system. Whereas Indian government has been trying to protect and strengthen the banking system, at any cost.

So naturally Indian government would be against bitcoin and any other Cryptocurrency.

Well said!

I couldnt agree with you more. All those reasons are just excuses :/

I feel sorry for all those countries that are banning crypto and forcing part of their wealth to move abroad.

Thanks for that informative post. Very well written and easy to read.

Would you happend to know how big is cryptomarket in India?

You wrote:
"He also mentioned that RBI is not against Blockchain technology, in fact, they want it to get more explored and use it in tradition financial system in a centralized way."

I guess this guy doesnt know much about crypto and blockchain. You cannot be against bitcon and crypto and support blockchain. One doesnt exist without the other.

I never knew that price of BTC in India is so much cheaper. perhaps it's time to fly there for short holiday and shopping? :)

It seem to me that currently India, Poland and Kazachstan are top3 countries that are heavily against crypto.

@crypto.piotr India is trying to be the wise here, at first glance even I was thinking the same banning crypto is not a solution.

But according to their statement crypto is not being banned but banks are forced not to deal with crypto investors, on the other hand RBI is preparing its own INR based crypto. Try to look it like this if people sell their cryptos with this fud and India decides to go with crypto buy asking exchanges to use crypto based INR as pairing like usdt. Indian economy can get an instant boom by flooding money to INR with upcoming bull run.

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Thank you for your kind reply

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Thanks for your update about India. Very informative.

Hope to see more of your content related to crypto and blockchain.

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I think the action will be reversed in the near future. And there will be mich more investment coming out from Indians.

That's my opinion as well @hemendrapatar, they have provided with 3 months time which is quite enough to revoke or reverse the decision. India is a growing country they cannot afford to keep India aside from this new emerging economy.

This whole idea of introducing digital fiat currency is so absurd. I think this govt and RBI are living in Quixotic world. They are so oblivious to ground realities. Except for Cities and 1st tier towns how many people actually use apps for payments or mobiles or computers ? And in all that they want to force digital currency down our throats. Yet another instinctive decision making without considering any long term repercussions. Or is it a move, to facilitate big corporates in their plans to enter the crypto world ?!
JioCoin - really ?? They just cannot think of any better name ?!

@cryptonubee JioCoin is announced by reliance foundation. RBI's fiat-based crypto name is still unclear. however, this move can help Indian government to regulate cryptocurrencies by providing a trading pair of a stable yet crypto-based fiat on Indian exchanges.

But the value of fiat currency on the exchanges cannot be same. Moreover, being a centralized currency RBI can control rates, there by controlling how much profits we can earn. And the use case should not be limited only to facilitate trading. there has to be a strong white paper before even announcing it. Other wise the currency will not sustain. And that is where the adaptability of crypto in India comes in to picture. Crypto itself is in a nasicent stage here. RBI should not rush into investing more money prior to recovering huge losses recent scams have incurred. Even a developed country like Switzerland retracted their decision to introduce their fiat in digital.

I really don't understand whats wrong with RBI. Why are we the last ones to welcome innovations and technology. Why are we so skeptical to change. Fiat has been here since long and needs a change.
A change will churn the system and bring all the black money to the table. And set proper systems to not generate any more black money.
Anonymity of Cryptos sure sounds like a problem but banning them is definitely not the solution.
If you can't think of a solution then at least wait for the giants like USA and UK take a stand. And then just follow their footsteps like we have been doing all time.

@blog-beginner The way crypto is emerging in the world, most of the governments are getting panic as they know, they can lose control over the centralized system which can be replaced with blockchain being decentralized. So, this is understandable. India is not actually throwing the innovation out.

This had to happen, So more and more people get educated about what change is knocking on our doors. Yes, RBI has created a panic but considering 3 months is a long time. This should get reversed.

I hope it does. May be ambani should launch a crypto coin. He can then change the cards for whole India.
Every government will welcome Cryptos then.

Ambani has already announced JioCoin. in fact, even RBI announced crypto-based INR. You might see crypto-based INR sooner that you think, They might want all crypto trading in India should be done with their new centralized crypto to gain a little more control. (Just a thought) @blog-beginner

I dont think rbi announced any crypto based inr. They are planning for a Inr based digital currency. It could be no where related to crytocurrency.

I disagree. Crypto cureencies helps people to go off the government records as they are decentrelized. Black money cannot be controlled/accounted using crytocurrencies. Instead government can benefit by taxing the white money crypto user profits. Also, a legal recoganization will encourage crypto based projects in India. If this rules is enforced forever(i doubt that though), the goverment will end up making black money hoarders out of law abiting citizens.

Indian Government has disapproved BTC to INR and vice-versa transactions, however, they cannot stop the BTC to USD and USD to INR transactions and vice-versa. So, Indians can still earn from trading crypto. There is no one to stop!

Exactly @puregrace but considering this happing where BTC transactions get first into USD then into INR, this can hurt a countries economy and people will lead to holding black money without even wanting to.

Yes, same like earlier days when Indians used to hold money into Paypal, thousands of dollars. Now, Indians will hold BTC and USD again.

@puregrace Paypal was a company and a centralized system, RBI managed to force them not to hold Indian investments in the shape of USD for more than 24 hrs thus PayPal started forcefully sending funds to Indian banks.

But Bitcoin is another case. They cannot force BTC network not to hold Indian investors.

Then what will happen after 3 months? Are Zebpay, Unocoin going to find out another option or RBI will have to listen to their petition of reverse? What do you think will happen?

I think if this decision doesn't gets reverse. Zebpay and Unocoin have the option to continue operations out of india. But people will loose the option to invest in cryoto.

This would drive investors to choose grey market option which is not good economically for any growing country. @puregrace

Sounds painful! I earn only from Steemit and not sure about how to go further now. How to get INR from SBD in future. Hope there is some way out of this hell. Things have become so tough for me.

There are options like LocalBitcoins.com, grey market etc. But in this way Indian #investors / #traders / #steemians are being forced to increase black money.

How can Indian government hope to enforce this. Transactions in Crypto are worldwide and Bitcoin is very much exchangeable with other currencies. This will only add to the Bankers fear of Crypto. An exchange regulation would help avoid Indian Netizens to avoid Scams.

@sarez whatever they have done, one thing seems certain. BTC price didn't get affected even a bit on international exchanges but because of this news BTC price has fallen drastically only on Indian exchanges, may be that was the whole idea.

You are right bitcoin has increased 6 times and now the developing countries financial stability are indanger :)

Think of this @munazza, If BTC price has increased 6 times and governments ask for taxes. their economy can grow rapidly. but idea of losing control from a centralized system is actually not in their interest.

Thanks for this great news @bunnychum..... I am just afraid Bitcoin value may start reducing as from this year because I also heard some countries apart from India, and Korean are also banning it. Even US which ought to be a good supporter of Bitcoins are also having issues with it.

Even if this happens @hardaeborla, Bitcoin has been into the grey market for so long in previous years. Regulating Bitcoin just means an opportunity for governments to collect tax from new emerging market.

But this revolution is coming with a price which can make them lose their centralized control. So, they have to try their best to stop all this, if they think it's possible.

You are very correct. Government are just using this exploit money.

Does bitcoin actually need approval?

In my opinion, No, Bitcoin is there because people have found value in it. Companies and organizations have realized this technology can actually change the world we are living in, where your central authorities get failure a decentralized method can provide way more reliability and security.

Bitcoin has been there since 2009 and no approval was there even. Even it doesn't get approved now, BTC is not going to stop. Because believers are not quitting. With approval it can be a part of the system, without approval it's going to survive and soaring in the grey market. @xeniaioannou

Sad decision! As Trimp said that India would regret in the long run! They banned it when there was about to start a major bull run. No impact on the international market as there are no much users from India so far. The government should encourage rather the emerging technology, suppression and these bans would make the cryptocurrencies more promising and popular. It is human psychology if you ban something, people get curious to get to know thus becoming strong supporters on finding the true potential of what has been banned. We love crypto and look forward to having the Indian government reversing this decision.

@socialreformer, Think again mate, this can be very good move from India where they have not announced the ban on cryptos but only banning banks from making any crypto settlements.

Previously India has already announced their crypto-based fiat currency, if they start using INR (Crypto) for crypto trading instead of banks, they can pull a lot of money into INR with this major bull run about to happen. JUST A THOUGHT...

I understand you are trying to make a positivity out of RBI's stupidity. RBI report mentions a central bank digital fiatcurrency( like the ones considered in sweden, urugway and UK). Countries consider it to avoid printing and transporting paper currency. It has nothing to do with Crypto. Also INR based cryto is going to bring a far less money into market(comparing with USD based cryto) as Indian crypto space is extremely small comparing to the rest of the countries. Instead, simply legalizing Cryto exchanges and taxation will make a huge difference. Also, true cryto enthusiasts will not use a centrelized country backed cryto currency. There are lot easy/wise methods to handle the situation, but RBI didnt do it coz their intention is not in good interest.

India has allot of corruption. In government and scammers just in the general population. A lack of understanding on exactly how bitcoin blockchain technology works by government officials and the general public feed into the fud.
Indian officials blocking banks from doing business with crypto currency companies is probably better for crypto because those same banks will come groveling when those companies dont need tgem to expand. Time will tell.

@clearbluecrypto If you read the statement clearly, India is not banning crypto rather trying to pressurise it's investors to sell all their cryptos. One of the reasons RBI only warned banks to stop dealing with crypto exchanges.

Yes very tru @bunnychum I was just trying to point out when we hear theses news stories the media tries to phrase it as "India is banning cryptocurrency" this creates allot of fear uncertainty and doubt and gets new investors to sell there coins.

why to ban it I just dont get it...

The decision is to ban banks from dealing with Indian crypto exchanges, however there's no mention of banning crypto in the country.

RBI is wise enought to not to ban it. Instead they made it difficult to use. Bringing inr into exchanges and taking inr out of exchamges is goes to be stopped. So new people will stop investing and existing users will panic out of market. There are few other ways to invest and take out. But the methods almost everyone using today is going to be banned.

First time I'm reading about the RBI's decision. Wow. So much panic but things will definitely get much better and bigger, eventually.

@wachera every country is trying to create panic in hoping to bring the price down or to stop the decentralization which is not possible at this point in time. Especially when so many amazing projects are being built on top of it, to make our lives easier and secure.

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@bunnychum Indian Government does not want to give power in the hand of people. Thye wants to rule the country according to their way.

And here all politician want to Earn money from the ​ system. They know if they make cryptocurrency legalize​ here in india then people will convert all black money into Bitcoin which is already happening.

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