Gambling in India: past, present and future

Sanju George, Richard Velleman, Abhijit Nadkarni

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Gambling has been a popular pastime in ancient and colonial India, and continues to be in modern India. Problem gambling is an important public health issue because of its prevalence, increased risk to certain vulnerable groups and its numerous adverse consequences to the gambler, his/her family and the wider society. In this paper, we present an overview of gambling in ancient and modern India, and also suggest a public health approach aimed at reducing gambling-related harm and associated problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-43
Number of pages5
JournalAsian Journal of Psychiatry
Early online date19 Jan 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017


  • Addiction
  • Gambling
  • Harm
  • India
  • Legislation
  • Public health


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