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Startup India, Standup India

Ever since the liberalisation of the Indian economy under the leadership of Prime Minister Narsimha Rao and his then finance minister Manmohan Singh, Indian economic policies have been more market oriented which has expanded the role of foreign and private investment.
This has led to a tremendous growth to fledgling small scale industries and start-ups which in turn has had a domino effect and led to the vast and conducive climate of innovation and solution to problems via entrepreneurship that exists in the country today.
It was in the early 2000s that the first change was introduced and a drastic change occurred between 2008-09.
India is a young country with the majority of the population being unemployed. The placement scenario is not too good. We, the youth of India, are more keen on setting up our own business rather than working for some multinational company.
The 2010s, especially, has become the decade for startups with entrepreneurial ventures becoming the country’s favourite fascination. A 2017 NASSCOM report suggests that India is home to 5000 tech startups and third largest start-up ecosystem after US and UK. That ecosystem includes stakeholders in the government, Venture Capitalists, Angel Investors, institutions and market opportunities. India ranks among the top five countries in the world in terms of number of startups founded. The Startup-ecosystem in India has seen a very slow growth last year. However, the introduction of GST and Make In India initiatives have given a momentum for change.
Entrepreneurship is a game of patience and persistence. Indian startups have undergone many developments. From being selected in the Google’s accelerator program, to raising funds from the Chinese investors, the startup ecosystem has been quite encouraging.
Stories of success inspire the youth to act and work to bring their own ideas to fruition. India’s entrepreneurial scene seems to be better than ever. Government and international organizations alike are investing in innovative ideas. The ideas of co-working spaces or incubators, to accelerate the start-ups by providing monetary and infrastructure support is giving a good push to the system.
It was on 16 January,2016 that our honourable Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi unveiled his ‘Startup India, Standup India’ plan, in front of the representatives of the startup community.
A closer look at the Indian startup ecosystem reveals that e-commerce and service-based startups primarily dominate the scene. One intriguing point can be made here that despite being one of the largest agricultural markets in the world, there is a severe lack of enough agro-based startups and solutions in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
And this goes just about becomes a metaphor of the current Indian startup scene. A large part of the Indian economy exists below poverty line and the geographical landscape of the country is dominated by villages and small towns. MNCs have a hard time penetrating and influencing these sectors and home-based and local startups are the only solution to existing issues.
With a flood of pitching events catered to startups, business meets, ideas workshops and entrepreneurial there is a host of opportunities but the question still remains at the end of the day as to whether they’re made good use of because there is plenty of room for improvement and development.

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BOBBLE AI TECHNOLOGIES

Bobble, an Android/iOS app, makes our conversations livelier and more fun. With its cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence around input methods, it makes communication more personalized and smarter.  We just need to click a selfie and Bobble generates personalized stickers and stories with our face.

ABOUT THE FOUNDER OF THE COMPANY:

Mr Ankit Prasad founded the Bobble AI Technologies at the age of 24 and now he leads the team as the CEO, backed by 16 reputed investors and the SAIF Partners, India’s largest venture capital fund. Mr Prasad has a longstanding interest in entrepreneurship and technology. He dropped from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in order to pursue his entrepreneurial ambitions. He wrote his first program at the age of 6 and received an award from the District Collector. As a student of IIT Delhi, he participated in a Hackathon where he wrote a code that could transform the news feed of one’s Facebook account into a world of cartoony illustrations. His team was declared the winner of the contest and it was then that the idea of creating something that could make the user’s experience of communication more interesting and livelier came to his mind. That was how Bobble AI was born.

MORE ABOUT BOBBLE AI:

It is the highest rated and most engaged all in one camera, content and keyboard app in India and soon it shall be launched globally. It supports 30 languages, including 22 official Indian languages. It allows the user to convert text into visual elements like stickers, emojis, GIFs and custom fonts. Stickers and GIFs can be personalized with the user’s own face, expression and message.  It has gained more than 15 million users in less than 3 years of launch. It is the highest rated android app (4.6/5) at its scale and has the youngest user base in the country, 90 percent of its users are under the age of 29. Its engagement and growth are comparable to the best apps globally. The angel investors of the company include Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal (co-founders of Flipkart), Deep Kalra (founder of MakeMyTrip), Amit Ranjan (founder of SlideShare) and other eminent entrepreneurs. The work being done by the team of Mr Ankit Prasad is to scale Artificial Intelligence features like voice-to-text, next word predictions and transliteration, which will surely boost the productivity of AI in India. The app has recently launched its driving assistance technology which detects whether the user is driving or not and keeps a record of messages received on his phone during the drive. It sends replies while the user is driving with the help of voice-to-text technology. Mr Prasad has a ferocious appetite for risk taking and he believes that with his leadership, the Bobble AI Technologies shall gain more popularity in the days to come.

Here’s the link if you want to download the app (android version)-play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.touchtalent.bobbleapp

Writen by –  Ayndrila Ghosh

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MyWBUT preeminence prevails in KGEC

The Entrepreneurship Cell of KGEC in association with myWBUT recently conducted interactive workshops on ‘Ethical Hacking’ and ‘Line Follower Robots’ on 23rd February and 9nd March 2019 respectively.mywbut

The workshop on Ethical Hacking, held on 23rd February, was conducted from 11am to 5pm. A six-hour workshop provided students with ample knowledge. The workshop covered, nearly all topics and needs like windows password cracking, WiFi hacking, steganography and phishing. The mentor Mr Nitish Singh did not encourage being script kiddies, thus went out of his way to explain concepts on a more deeper level, and the know-how of the related software. Hacking, being a very engrossing topic, he ensured that no one felt out of the place and enjoyed the workshop as much as possible, cracking jokes and interacting whenever possible. A good number of real-life examples were also shared, strengthening the aforementioned topics. After a hefty first session, the soothing break was followed by more advanced topics, involving Trojan, Key-loggers etc. The workshop ended with discussions, involving measures one should take to protect himself/herself against the day to day technological mishaps and legal risks involved in such practices. After the session, Nitish Sir remained in touch with their students, providing them with the required software and tools, for hands-on practice.

The fervent participants keenly observed and attentively followed the workshop, having been motivated to make their own metals run.
The fervent participants keenly observed and attentively followed the workshop, having been motivated to make their own metals run.

On similar lines, the second workshop also had a 6-hour schedule, divided into two sessions. The mentor, Mr Aman Ghosh had very well thought out the contents and presentations. The style and the change from one topic to next seemed smooth and impressive. Starting his lessons with basics, he slowly moved on to more advanced topics. However, the most interesting part of the workshop began with the building of the bots. The live demonstration added with his explanations provided students with utmost clarity. Students were divided into groups of 4 and each group was provided with working kits. The pace of the workshop was very relaxed and unhurried, making most of the students gain deep insights into the topic. In the end, each group came up with working line follower Robots, that was specially monitored by the mentor. To end the day, photographs were taken, and their faces reflected a glimpse of success and satisfaction.

 

The response from all the students of KGEC was overwhelming and attracted students across all departments. These workshops, on behalf of KGEC E Cell, proves to be a step in the right direction and is well appreciated in the campus.

Written by-

Swapnil Kishore
Devsmita Mukherjee
Biswajeet Shah
Shubhangi Dey

Edited by-

Mudit Rustagi

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Smart India Hackathon (SIH) 2019

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Winners of SIH 2019 – Kudos to Team Jobless_Coders  (L-R): Mayukh Sengupta, Indranil Chatterjee, Ankan Mukherjee, Komal Singh, Rupak Sarkar, Krishna Bose

Smart India Hackathon (SIH) is a nationwide initiative to provide students a platform to solve some of pressing problems we face in our daily lives, and thus inculcate a culture of product innovation and a mindset of problem solving. The last edition of the hackathon saw over 5 million+ students from various engineering colleges compete for the top prize at 35+ locations. In SIH 2019, the students would also have the opportunity to work on challenges faced within the private sector organisations and create world class solutions for some of the top companies in the world, thus helping the Private sector hire the best minds from across the nation.

It’s an initiative by Ministry of HRD, AICTE, Persistent Systems, i4c and Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini that involves 1 lakh+ technical students, 3000+ technical institutions, 200+ organizations from across India, being the world’s biggest Software and Hardware hackathon. SIH-2019 was the 3rd edition of highly successful Smart India Hackathon initiative. Technology Students across India have competed to creatively solve problems and offer technical solutions. The aim of this program is to harness expertise of students from IISc, IITs, NITs and AICTE/UGC approved institutions.

Why is KGEC E-Cell, out of the blue, so much enthusiastic about Smart India Hackathon?! Well, Komal Singh Di- The Joint Secretary of KGEC E-Cell, and her team are the winners of the “Software Edition” theme in SIH-2019. KGEC has been participating in SIH since 2017; but this year weare the champions. “JOBLESS CODERS” of KGEC have secured 1st position in SIH-2019 held at Noida Institute of Engineering and Technology, Greater Noida from 2nd March to 3rd March. The Coding Team comprised Komal Singh, Krishna Bose, Rupak Sarkar, Mayukh Sengupta, Indranil Chatterjee and Ankan Mukherjee- who all are students of KGEC. They made an Augmented Reality based solution for Pepperfry which was the biggest presentation of all in the 36 hour long Hackathon in Noida. The prize money was a lump sum amount of Seventy Five Thousand Rupees!

Smart India Hackathon (2019) Trophy and Cheque, presented to the winners
Written By - Saptarshi Ghosh
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Trailblazers #2: An Interview with Ankan Chattopadhyay

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Winners, Team Inquisitive (L-R) :  Ankan Chattopadhyay, Apurba Banerjee, Dibyajyoti Ghosh

Team Inquizzitive from Kalyani Government Engineering College won the Technobites 2k19 Quiz conducted by Techno International New Town. Ankan Chattopadhyay, from “Inquizzitive” shares his experience to KGEC E – Cell of coming third in the Quiz. Here are some excerpts :

Interviewer: How are you feeling after winning the contest ?

Ankan Chattopadhyay: It’s been a great experience. Apart from Espektro and GNQ conducted at IISER last week, I haven’t really participated in an inter-college quiz competition for a long time. With worthy opponents and quality participants, the contest was a closely fought one – which makes winning the contest a whole lot better.

I: How did you prepare for the contest ?

AC : We were given six topics to prepare on – History, Music, Literature, Science and Technology, India and Indians and Current Affairs. There were two teams, each comprising three persons. One of them was Oshikkhito, consisting of Anjishnu Roy, Debottam Mazumder and Abhinandan Bose. The other team was Inquizzitive with Dibyajyoti Ghosh, Apurba Banerjee and me as the members.

I: Was there any pressure to deliver on the day of the contest ?

AC: We had selected a few members and interns for the contest. The main motive was to promote our college on a platform provided by Techno India where many other colleges also participate. Although the final round was tough, but at the end of the day there was no mental pressure as such.

I: Could you describe chronologically what happened that day ?

AC : First, there was an inauguration ceremony and then, the contest was thrown open to the participants. The quiz master was Arijit Sen. Initially, there were 82 teams. In the Prelims, 33 teams were selected and our team managed to ace it. There were three rounds of semifinals, with 11 teams participating. We managed to top the semifinals as well and head to the finals. The Finals consisted of 6 rounds, where one round consisted of listing items. The other round was “Bounce and Pounce” – A team with a direct question who cannot answer gets the question passed on to the next, hence the “Bounce” – and a few seconds after a question had been asked, teams were given a chance to “Pounce” if they knew the answer, with the result that the teams get +10 points for a correct answer and -10 points for an incorrect answer. The Round 2 and 3 were clockwise and an anticlockwise round respectively. Round 4 was an Image round and Round 5 was an Audio Visual Round. Round 6 was named Super Over Round where a correct answer upon a pounce fetched +20 and a wrong one incurred -10.

I: Any interesting event that happened on the day of the contest ?

AC: One of the conveners of Technobites, named Subham was my friend. Although we were in a rush, he insisted that we stay back over there, for he had a surprise for us. Given the long distance from New Town to Kalyani, he said that it was really commendable that we made it to their event. He even had a special speech prepared for me and it was really heartening to meet an old friend. We ended up being felicitated by the director of Techno International New Town as well as the HOD of the IT department. I went on to win the prize for the best Campus Ambassador as well.

 

 

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Participants (L-R): Apurba Banerjee, Anjishnu Roy, Dibyajyoti Ghosh, Ankan Chattopadhyay, Debottam Mazumder, Abhinandan Bose
Edited by - Sanghamitra Biswas
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Girls of KGEC E-Cell

KGEC E-Cell is the brain behind the promotion of entrepreneurship at Kalyani Government Engineering College. Although it has swelled in numbers over the years, starting from three members in 2016, the number of girls are really low. Most feel that they are out of place with this club. While taking the leap from school to college many do not know what entrepreneurship stands for, because schools in general do not really teach how the real world functions and do not take the practical approach. As with all spheres in life, participation of girls can truly make a difference. What is needed is to overcome the initial hesitation that most people associate with entrepreneurship. So, the four of us girls here have shared our heartfelt experiences here at E Cell so that maybe the girls after us hesitant to take the plunge into E Cell can have a much smoother journey.

So here to iron out your issues :

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Komal Singh, IT (2015-2019)

I feel grateful to KGEC E Cell for giving me this opportunity to represent E Cell as a Joint Secretary.

Although I have been actively participating in technical hackathons, the tag of Joint Secretary  in my resume has given me an advantage over other candidates and has helped me a lot in every job interviews.

Even companies do not miss the golden opportunity to hire a software developer with leadership qualities. I still remember the day, when the girls’ hostel was first introduced to E Cell and I was the only one who was interested. Without further ado, I filled the Google form and headed for the recruitment process. When I reached the venue, I took a step back when I saw the entire room was filled with boys and I thought twice whether this place was for meant for me. There was not a single girl that had ever been a part of E Cell and this demotivated me and forced me to think that whether girls had the required capability to be a member of E Cell. But I wanted to be the change that I wanted to see in the college (increased participation of girls in technical events ^_^ ). And then soon I got the tag of “E Cell waali didi” … XD. As of today, I feel really honored when girls come up to me and say that I was the motivation behind them joining the E Cell. E Cell can be a game-changer for you, if you know the trick of grabbing opportunities. E Cell has brought about a transformation in my personality, from being more confident to being punctual. E-Cell has different domains where you can contribute ranging from Website Development, Marketing, Content Writing to Leading Teams. Even if you don’t want to be an entrepreneur, this place can help you to learn a lot. If you think you are not capable or feel less confident then keep aside your worries and take this single step and you will thank me Later.

- Komal Singh
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Sanghamitra Biswas, IT (2017-2021)

I still remember Egnition 2017 where I had a little glimpse of what E Cell was going to be like. I remember only Komal Singh didi being the only girl who was present there and that too from a senior year. As opposed to other clubs of KGEC, E Cell initially had only one female member. Although I had known a lot about the functioning of other Entrepreneurship Cells in colleges and wanted to join one, I was apprehensive whether I had turned up in the right place. I was so anxious that I had blackmailed a lot of my friends and had filled up their forms online with the result that they did not turn up for the test. During the recruitment drive 2018, only one girl (Sohini Ghosh didi) and later Eshika turned up. Later, I was given the task of writing blogs for E Cell and I felt that maybe I wasn’t that useless. Being a part of E Cell has its own perks and a chance for you to brag about being a member of it. It provides internships, a platform for interacting with notable entrepreneurs along with launching your own start-up ideas. Later, while talking about the reasons why girls steer clear of this place is the reason that “Entrepreneurship is not for girls ” ,”It’s a boys-only club, duh!” and “I don’t really understand entrepreneurship “. Well, trust me, all of these reasons are pretty unfounded.

To be an E Cell member, one really does not need to know about entrepreneurship.

It takes a lot of patience and hard work to be an entrepreneur and frankly, even I haven’t got what it takes. And secondly, there are a lot of women entrepreneurs out there who are constantly setting new records – one of them being Somwrita Guha, founder of PaperCup who visited us during E Summit 18. Lastly, I think all that it takes is a little sense of adventurism and curiosity and who can tell, when the next best female entrepreneur comes from KGEC.

- Sanghamitra Biswas
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 Sohini Ghosh, IT (2016-2020)

Back in 2018, when the recruitment drive started for E Cell , I was in two minds. First of all, I did not have a proper idea or interest about entrepreneurship. Secondly the extremely poor female to male ratio in the cell  made me apprehensive about joining it. Unable to decide, I called up one of my friends who was involved with E cell and still is a very active member. On voicing my doubt, he reverted back without any delay – “ Even if you are not interested in Entrepreneurship, you should join E-Cell. I can assure you that you will learn a great deal working in E cell and in the long run that is surely going to help you.”  Later, it did not take me much time to make up my mind. I took the plunge and turned up for the recruitment drive. And now when I look back, it was one of the wisest decisions that I ever took, as working in E Cell, for the past one year has been a huge learning experience for me. From making webpages and writing articles to managing people and organizing events, my plate has been quite full throughout the year.

That I was working in an E Cell, was enough to land my first internship.

Though it was not a notable one but it paved the way for the better ones. Getting the access to an amazing network is one of the other perks that I am grateful for. It would be a lie if I say that being the only girl from my year was not a problem at all. Yes, it was intimidating but for the rest of the times, it did not cross my mind at all as what I received in return was worth  everything else.

Lastly, I would like to conclude with an  adage that says – “To reach someplace, you need to start somewhere.” And KGEC E Cell was my starting point.  To all the girls out there in KGEC, it can be your ‘Starting Point’ too. If you have the urge for learning and working,  know that this is your place. Do not let any other say anything else. Take a chance and I promise you will never regret this decision of yours. Wishing you all the best.

- Sohini Ghosh
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Eshika Agarwal, CSE (2017-2021)

Since my school days, I was very much interested in entrepreneurship and other related activities. I got to know about our college’s E-cell properly from Egnition 2017.
The truly inspiring words of Mohammed Hasan, still echoes in my ears who was the chief speaker in Egnition 2017. I was amazed at his dedication and that of other entrepreneurs.

I was determined to join the E-Cell from the very start since I came to KGEC and I never regretted that later.

From writing articles, making databases, gathering information to managing people, I learnt a lot from E-Cell and improved my skills a lot. E-Cell keeps us occupied and makes us more responsible. Besides, there are many perks of joining the E-Cell. Even if you don’t build a startup, you still gather immense knowledge about them. Indeed, the participation of girls is very less in E-Cell and when I joined only one girl member was present. But that was enough to motivate me and that’s why it is a humble request to all the interns and students of KGEC, especially girls, to come out of their comfort zone and explore the world of entrepreneurship. We, a very strong team of E-Cell members are waiting for you. So ignite that spark and rock on.

- Eshika Agarwal

It is heartening to see, that due to greater awareness, more and more number of girls are willing to join E Cell. The number of girls during the Recruitment Drive 18-19  were at an all time high. We sincerely hope that this trend continues, for generations to come, who graduate from KGEC.

Edited by – Sanghamitra Biswas
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10 reasons why the Poker Industry will skyrocket in India

Poker has picked up pace in earning revenues in the Indian market over the past 10 years. From a handful of legal off-shore casinos in Goa and student hostels to professionals catching up over weekends and poker apps on smartphones, lionization of poker has grown exponentially for its entertainment value as well the prospect of earning quick bucks. According to an Economic Times report, the current online poker industry is estimated to be at around $120 million, and it is gradually picking up. Just amidst this scintillating scenario where poker is gaining widespread recognition among the business magnates and also tending towards becoming the backbone of the online gaming society in India, here are 10 factors that have made their way to the limelight for boosting the trade to improve upon the shining hour:

  1. The virgin, the voluptuous-poker 2.jpg
    Both consumers and organizations hold a dualistic attitude towards product innovativeness. Consumers are known to hold an inherent tendency to approach (neophilia) and avoid (neophobia) new products at the same time. Newer trends have always faced challenges making their way into a conservationist market like India. But it is an undeniable fact that newer trendsetters have always appealed to the ever-curious Indian common mass. Starting from the concepts of affiliate marketing picking up steam to Indian taxi wars being brought a truce by the online cab booking apps, online hotel booking, food delivery services and even grocery shopping from home, the masses have whole-heartedly accepted trends that have made life easier, keeping aside the enticing rise in living standards they have entailed.
    Just in keeping with the above-stated market mentality and with the addition of the allurement of the chances of growing fat, Poker has in it the perfect kind of seduction that could mesmerize the colossal mass of the financial middle class wanting to step into the elite one by raking in the dough. Ever since Poker has been introduced to the Indian society by means of students who went to study abroad and picked the game or by the telecast of the World Poker Tour on Indian media in the early 2000s, it has remained very prospective to thrive the economy. All it lacked was an extensive boost from a platform that could provide it a wider outreach.
  1. Poker appeals to the intellect-
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    Indians have always been particularly lauding towards the highbrows and to that extent never miss out on a whetstone to sharpen their grey matter. India is a fascinating country and we Indians are normally famous for our outstanding work ethic and intellect. India’s 132.42 crores people have an exclusive zest for life which makes the poker industry seek new challenges and summit new peaks. This is maybe why more and more Indians these days, be it college students, young pros and even most of the normal public are now taking up poker to channelize their creativity & aptitude. Along with the aforementioned, poker also has the USP of providing a chance of making big money. So there is no doubt that poker, and particularly online poker, was tailor-made for the Indian youth population.
  2. Trade in poker as a profit-making model-
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    Regular players spend up to eight hours every day playing poker online, often making up to INR 10,000 within 15 minutes. Of course, they do lose money as well, but the initial wins make for a heady rush. It’s becoming increasingly common to hear of online players cashing out anywhere between INR 50,000 to over INR 1 lakh during tournaments. Aditya Agarwal made headlines in July 2015 when he won $96,445 at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, considered one of the biggest poker tournaments.  There are more than 50,000 people who play on homegrown online poker startups and several of these bootstrapped platforms make profits on annual revenues of at least INR 5 crore. Though it is difficult to estimate the size of India’s online poker industry, reports in 2015 pegged it at about $110-120 million. According to the Chief Financial Officer of Delta Corp, who bought Adda52 for INR 155 crore in a stockhand-cash deal in September 2015, Adda52 was a debt-free and cash-generating online poker startup that clocked revenues of INR 47 crore in the calendar year 2015 with core operational (EBITDA) margin of 30-35%.
    There are certain regulatory hurdles that the game has to overcome. But with gradual regulatory acceptance, and post-Delta’s acquisition of Adda52, more investors are eyeing the mostly bootstrapped online poker sector. “With increasing state-level acceptance and most profitable models in the space it’s a sector where investors can expect healthy returns,” said Alok Mittal, a founding board member at Indian Angel Network, who led the seed investment in Adda52. Venture capital and Angel Investor interests look promising in the poker space in India and are projected to soar by leaps and bounds in the very near future.
  1. Patronization from online platforms-
    poker 5.jpgDue to the largely unregulated nature of its gambling market, India doesn’t have a history of online poker. But the Facebook app Zynga Poker proved to be a masterstroke for the trade with casual card players who discovered a whole new game called Texas Hold’em. This was a natural progression for those who used to play ‘Flash‘ earlier. Plus, the intricacies and depth of Hold’em captured in Teen-Patti players and suddenly poker became the logical sport to choose. Way back in 2006, Teen-Patticropped up as an Indian poker variant, not too dissimilar from the British game three-card brag or the US home-game favourite, started to gather interest from players in India. Being one of the most popular card games of all times, it wasn’t long before it captured the strong attention of the Indian masses. With the advent of digitalization, many India-based digital companies also wanted to tap the popularity that poker had begun to enjoy among the masses. Thereby, many Indian gaming companies, in the recent past, began to develop online platforms for playing the card game. Online poker startups such as Adda52, Poker-Baazi and Spartan Poker started gaining fast popularity and generating mammoth turnovers.
    But there are certain legal issues that handicap the business. So the nation’s poker scene is simply doing what every other gambling community did when faced with a similar situation: it disregards unclear regulations and simply enjoys the game. India-based players tend to play on the most popular international poker networks. Those include PokerStars888poker, and PartyPoker. Poker operators are perfectly aware of the fact that neither the federal government nor state-level authorities are interested in going after individual Indian poker enthusiasts. Consequently, Indian players are free to join the best cash games and tournaments available on the internet. Moreover, as is almost always the case, authorities aren’t interested in going after individual players, especially if they use VPNs to connect to their favourite sites.
  1. State governments acknowledge poker as a fair trade-
    poker 6.jpgTo the persisting regulatory obstacles, playing professionals point out that when universities like Harvard and MIT include poker as a course, one understands that it has been recognized as a skill-based game on a global level and it’s only a matter of time before India acknowledges it too. Co-founder of PokerBaazi, Puneet Singh opines that the state governments too will be convinced in support of the game as the number of startups increases in this space. He’s hopeful to see a slow but gradual lenience in the regulatory issues surrounding the sport, where it’s not being viewed as a gambling sport but a skill-based game.
    Although it’s a coarse start, it’s not unconvincing. Karnataka, West Bengal and Nagaland have given a clear verdict, classifying poker as a skill-based game. The Karnataka High Court ruled that playing skill games like poker in recreational clubs is permitted and no license is required for the same. West Bengal excludes card games such as rummy, bridge and poker from the definition of gambling, although permission is required from district magistrates and commissioners for conducting competitions in public. In Goa, poker is permitted in casinos. Nagaland passed a law this year legalizing skill-based online games. With growing support from the jurisdiction, the trade would gain the full-fledged freedom to expand its business territories in the luscious market.
  2. A good gamble deals in hardcore management-
    poker 7.pngProfessor of strategic management at IIM Kozhikode, Deepak Dhayanithy sets an eye opener for those who dismiss poker as a hobby sport or a gambling game. The avant-garde teaches a class on competition strategy using the game of poker at the management institute. “you learn to read people, their body language, the subtle nonverbal clues, their motivations and how they react to specific circumstances. And lastly, it’s all about managing your resources — the chips,” says Dhayanithy.
    In poker, as in business and real life, one is constantly making choices and decisions amidst uncertainty. Cards are unknown to the player as are the opponents’ intentions and moves. Thereby, the game tries a player’s psychological stability and acuminates his decision-making abilities. Such an unconventional outlook towards poker and its practice in academics is sure to sow the seed of trust amongst the academically-based society. Also, as the educated mass takes to the game, one can be very sure it would spread among the average masses too, who look up to the former to standardize their channel of thoughts and perceptions.
  1. Western tastes of entertainment widely popularizing casinos among Gen Y- poker 8.jpgAlthough India has had an epical history of gambling sports, they were never practised in commercial entertainment hubs. With the advent of Westernization in India, recreational centres such as nightclubs, bars, pubs, discotheques have gathered immense publicity and widespread acceptance among the younger generations. Relying on the fact that the average age of Indians would be 25 by the year 2020, it becomes imperative that the tastes of Gen Y would burgeon and an irrefutable inclination towards a zoetic nightlife would give casinos a substantial heap space in the recreational market. An entity peculiar to the west would find solid ground in the subcontinent continuing at the present pace of scaling, and the day is not too far, given the legislature and administration approves of them, which isn’t unlikely either.
  2. Fan-base turning clientele-
    poker 10.jpgGiven that the sport involves monetary stake, it is more than apprehendable that the first ones to indulge in poker would be the business elites and of course the celebrities. Furthermore, celebrities are always coveted as the face of a brand. In a country like India where Bollywood superstars and Cricketers can manoeuvre emotions of the mass, credibility scales are high that once celebrities start endorsing the players in the poker market, it wouldn’t have to fish for clientage. The only thing that stands between are the laws governing the practice of the sport. Once that barrier loses its height, drawing public interests isn’t going to be a tough ask. And given the promising amendments and lenience getting associated with the upmarket trade, we can only imagine it to thrive the Indian market with flying colours.

 

  1. Fool’s gold shines no less-
    Gold prospector.The evergreen lustre in the scopes of making quick money is sure never to wither from the Indian society given its socio-economic conditions that crave for financial upliftment. Once it finds an undefeatable claim to fame through media and advertisements (for the common mass is hardly aware of the returns anyway), iconoclasts will abound. No matter whether the masses are educated of the strategies or not, given the vulnerability persisting in the present day, they would somewhere believe it to be a lucrative gamble. And once first-time investments start yielding, which is inevitable by mathematical probability, this practice would suffuse like a pandemic in the upcoming 10 years.
  2. Poker enhances skills and hence prove to be a worthy avocation to cultivate- poker 12.jpgDespite the prevailing negations involved, once the adult generation comes around to believe in the prospects that poker provides, while it continues to be practised in educational institutes as means to exemplify life and career strategies, its non-financial dimensions are sure to open up as well. Once they are inculcated in the good spirit, like those chess and other mind games, breaking down social taboos on poker would be just a matter of a few years. The very moment a second generation starts believing in its positive aspects, there should be no reason why the poker industry will not skyrocket in India in the next 10 years.

Written and edited by-
Ankan Chattopadhyay