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Carnegie Endowment’s South Asia specialist visits The Hindu Centre

Dr. Frederic Grare, Senior Associate and Director, South Asia Programme, of the Washington-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, visited T

Indiantelevision.com: India not ready for regulating sports betting, says Police, industry do not agree

NEW DELHI: Delhi Police Special Commissioner S N Srivastava does not think the time is ripe for legalising betting in sports as it cannot be established that this will bring down match fixing. However, industry participants at FICCI's interactive session on 'Regulating Sports Betting: Way Forward to Counter Match Fixing?' felt that this would curb match fixing. In the light of incidents of match and spot fixing in the recently concluded IPL in India, many stakeholders advocated creation of a new stricter legal framework and legalisation of sports betting to keep a check on match and spot fixing. The moderator of the session, FICCI Sports Committee chairman and Tata Metaliks MD Sanjiv Paul voiced the misgivings in the minds of stakeholders on sports betting, its possible regulation and issues related to addictive tendencies of vulnerable classes. read more

Policy study essential for legal education reform

Nikhil Moro, Ph.D., a Public Policy Scholar with The Hindu Centre, argues that it is vital to incorporate policy studies into the curricula of Indian

The New Indian Express: Why punting falls in morality's grey area

The IPL scandal has raised questions over the way we view betting itself. Betting falls into a grey area of morality, which leaves much in the eyes of the beholder and paves the way for it to become a convenient target in the wake of such controversies. The simple fact is this – betting is not illegal in India. With respect to some forms of betting, like horse races, the turf club administering the betting takes a cut for itself and the government. The problem arises when betting is perceived as gambling. This is a question that has been through various rounds of litigation over the years. The courts have even recognised some forms of betting as involving a certain amount of skill, automatically bringing them outside the realm of gambling. In a recent policy document brought out by The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy in the form of an issue brief, research scholars delved into the reasons why betting falls into a grey area over its morality... read more

A case for democratising lobbying in India

Kaushiki Sanyal and Harsimran Kalra explore how other countries have defined lobbying, the mechanism they adopted to regulate these activities and the

The New Indian Express: 'Moral position of gambling unclear'

There is a need for an overhaul of both legislation and the paradigms concerning gambling if any corrective or regulatory measures are to be taken with regard to the spot fixing controversies that have dogged the Indian Premier League. The fundamental of the problem, however, lies in the lack of clarity over the moral position of gambling, according to an Issue Brief released by The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy on Thursday. The recently launched think tank has called for detailed studies on various aspects of gambling and its impact on society. These were part of the observations and analyses that were part of the first public policy document released by the Centre. The Issue Brief addressed four clearly delineated aspects of the gambling conundrum in chapters titled ‘The Moral Greyness of Gambling’, ‘Legal Framework of Gambling & Sports-Betting in India’, ‘Not Cricket’ and ‘Regulation of Gambling in Other Countries’. read more

Hindustan Times: Hindu Centre: gambling needs to be regulated

Taking the ongoing debate on the betting, spot fixing controversy in Indian cricket to a serious level, the Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy on Thursday called for regulating gambling through a new legal frame work in its First Issue Brief entitled Twisted Willow: Gambling, Sport & Cricket in India. Seeking to clear intellectual and moral confusion around the issue of gambling itself, the Centre's three young research scholars dug deep into the worrisome aspect of betting in all its ramifications and studied the legal framework and found its paternalistic attitude towards gambling and its focus on prohibition and punishment out of tune with modern day ground reality. Distinguishing betting (gambling) from other crimes and vices like cheating and fraud, the Hindu Centre in its Issue Brief suggested that "there is a need to have the right to do wrong". Elaborating, the three young authors of the 32-page report - Rajgopal Saikumar, Abhishek Mukherjee and Harsimran Kalra - said that the suggestion implied a fundamental liberty to make choices and "Wrong" implies certain victimless, amoral wrongs such as gambling. "Based on the importance of liberty and individual choice, we suggest that the law not prohibit gambling but make a moral philosophical argument for regulating gambling," the Hindu Centre Issue Brief said. read more

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The Hindu Business Line: IPL spot-fixing row needs policy debate on gambling

The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy’s first ‘Issue Brief’ focuses on gambling and sport

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The Hindu: A document to detail gambling and sports

‘Twisted Willow’ seeks to liberate gambling from its moral overtones and define its place in liberated economy

Twisted Willow: Gambling, Sport & Cricket in India

In the context of the raging controversy over the Indian Premier League betting and match-fixing episodes, there has been considerable public concern

Dravidian legacy: three nonagenarians ginger up a new club

In a snapshot mode, M.R.Venkatesh of The Hindu Centre takes a look at the contributions of three nonagenarian Dravidian Movement leaders, coinciding w