India’s Crypto Ban is like Banning the Internet
Former CTO of Coinbase, Balaji Srinivasan, believes that the imminent ban on cryptocurrencies in India is similar to banning the Internet. It could cost the country trillions of dollars in potential profits.
Srinivasan said that a total ban on Bitcoin (BTC) and other cryptocurrencies would redirect trading income to nearby Asian markets.
He said it is crucial that India’s plan to ban cryptocurrency ownership, trading, mining, or investment falls through.
A billion-dollar anonymous top Finance Ministry official told Bloomberg that the next ban was highly likely to occur. Thus, revealing that cryptocurrency holders will have three to six months to convert their funds back to legal tender.
The bill on cryptocurrency and regulation of the official digital currency was introduced in late January. It laid the foundation for an official digital currency issued and supervised by India’s Reserve Bank.
Srinivasan suggested that India could be 20% poorer in the next five years if the country passed the ban. Andreessen Horowitz, an American venture capital firm, stated that a cryptocurrency ban would prevent the “financial internet” from taking root in India. According to the company, India could be 20% poorer than what it could have achieved within five years. It’s almost like banning the Internet for five years. Losses add up a lot. It would be a setback for economic liberalization in many ways.
Although the ban is directed at all cryptocurrency holders, its effect on people could be less shocking than its impact on traders and companies. With the use of cold storage wallets and keeping control of their private keys, Indian citizens could still circumvent anti-crypto legislation.
The Indian Parliament looking into the possibility of speeding up the crypto bill
The Indian government could take a legislative shortcut to pass a recently proposed bill to regulate digital currencies. Besides, the Indian government could take a route to create a regulatory framework for a digital rupee issued by the Reserve Bank of India.
Passing the cryptocurrency bill using this method would require the President of India, to issue a law when Parliament is not in session.
In fact, the relevant parties have already started preparing a draft of the ordinance. This will allow them to introduce the crypto law “within a month” from its publication. Unlike bills passed through Parliament acts, regulations often allow the Indian government to take immediate legislative action.
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