The History of Gambling in India
For hundreds of years, people have gambled on the Indian subcontinent. From the smallest of villages to the biggest of palaces, people played traditional Indian games such as Andar Bahar and Teen Patti.
For centuries, maybe even millennia, these games were played without any gambling laws to regulate them.
After the British effectively colonized the entire Indian subcontinent, the English authorities decided to impose their own morals and ethics upon the Indian population by enacting the country’s first gambling law by the mid-1800s.
This was to become known as The Public Gambling Act of 1867. The first law in India to outlaw gambling completely.
More than 150 years have passed, and our government has done nothing to change or amend the ancient law of 1867.
Even to this day, the law is in effect in most of India, except for a few states that have chosen to enact their own local gambling regulation.