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The Journey of Cryptocurrency in India | Coin Gabbar Blogs

Key Takeaways:

  • Cryptocurrency has always been a hot topic for debate between the Indian crowd and Indian financial entities. 

  • But over time, things have cooled down, the government has been more accepting of digital currencies. 

  • While not legal tender, cryptocurrencies are an asset with separate tax provisions.

08-Dec-2022 Anirudh Trivedi
The Journey of Cryptocurrency in India | Coin Gabbar Blogs

When it comes to cryptocurrency, India is a bit of a late adopter. Despite this, the journey of cryptocurrencies in India has been nothing short of fascinating.

It all started in late 2013 when Bitcoin was first introduced to the country. At the time, most people had no idea what it was or how it worked. However, there was a small group of people who saw its potential and started investing in it.

Fast-forward to today, and the cryptocurrency scene in India is booming. There are now dozens of different cryptocurrencies, and Indians are starting to see their potential as an investment option. In fact, many experts believe that cryptocurrencies will play a major role in India's economy in the years to come.

So what's next for cryptocurrency in India? Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure: the journey has just begun.

Introduction to Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrency is a digital or virtual currency that uses cryptography to secure its transactions and control the creation of new units. Bitcoin, the first and most well-known cryptocurrency, was created in 2009 by a person or group of people using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto.

Since its inception, Bitcoin has been used primarily as a means of payment for goods and services. However, its popularity has surged in recent years due to its volatile value and its use in illegal activities such as money laundering and drug trafficking.

India has been slow to adopt cryptocurrencies, but that is starting to change. In August 2017, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced that it would start testing a new digital currency called Lakshmi.

The First Bitcoin Transaction in India

You might be surprised to learn that Bitcoin actually had its roots in India. The first ever Bitcoin transaction took place in India in 2010, and it was between two people who were involved in the Bitcoin community in the country.

At the time, Bitcoin was still a fairly new concept, and there wasn't a lot of awareness or understanding about it. But these two pioneers decided to take a chance and experiment with this new digital currency. And the rest, as they say, is history.

India has come a long way since then when it comes to cryptocurrencies. We've seen the rise and fall of different cryptocurrencies, and we've seen businesses and individuals experiment with this new technology. But one thing's for sure—cryptocurrencies are here to stay, and India is going to play a big role in their future.

The Rise of Bitcoin in India

Way back in 2013, a company called Coinsecure was founded, and it became the first Indian Bitcoin company.

Fast-forward to 2017—Bitcoin was all the rage, and people were starting to take notice of cryptocurrencies in India. In fact, there was such a demand for Bitcoin that the price of one coin skyrocketed to over Rs. 1,00,000!

But 2018 has been a different story. The price of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has plummeted, and the Indian government has been working on regulations for the industry. So what does the future hold for Bitcoin in India? Only time will tell...

How the Indian Government Reacted to Bitcoin

When Bitcoin first arrived in India, the government didn't know how to react. There was a lot of confusion and speculation about what this new currency was and whether or not it was legal.

At first, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) didn't authorize Bitcoin as a legal currency. This meant that people couldn't use it to buy anything or pay for services. However, there was no law against owning or trading in Bitcoin, so many people continued to do so anyway.

Over time, the RBI has softened its stance on Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. In February 2018, the RBI issued a statement saying that they would allow banks to do business with companies that deal in cryptocurrencies. This is a big step forward, as it will help to legitimize Bitcoin and other digital currencies in India.

The Regulation of Cryptocurrency in India

When it comes to the regulation of cryptocurrency in India, the government has had a pretty up-and-down relationship with it. At one point, they were all for it! They saw how cryptocurrencies could help to boost the Indian economy.

But then there was a dramatic change of heart, and the Indian government decided that they needed to clamp down on cryptocurrency. This caused a lot of chaos in the community, and a lot of people lost money because of it.

Luckily, things have since stabilized, and the Indian government has recognized cryptocurrencies and issued a tax rate of flat 30% that will regulate cryptocurrency. This is good news for everyone involved because it means that we can all move forward with confidence, knowing that our investments are safe.

The History of Cryptocurrency in India

So where does India stand when it comes to cryptocurrency? Well, the journey has been a bit of a roller coaster ride, that's for sure!

When Bitcoin first started gaining popularity, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued a warning against it, saying that it wasn't legal tender and that people should be careful about investing in it. This created a lot of confusion and put a damper on the whole cryptocurrency movement in India.

Since then, the RBI has clarified its position on cryptocurrencies with tax slabs and assets.

In late 2017, the Indian government announced that it was considering legalizing Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, and this sent the prices of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies soaring.

2018 has seen some big changes in the Indian cryptocurrency landscape. In April, the RBI issued a new directive clamping down on all cryptocurrency dealings, which has resulted in many Indian cryptocurrency exchanges shutting down.

In 2019, the government relived the ban significantly increasing the liquidity in the cryptocurrency market.

In 2021, after; lots of controversies, the FM announced a flat 30% tax rate on profits incurred by cryptocurrencies and other digital currencies and 1% TDS. 


Cryptocurrencies are still relatively new in India, and there is a lot of confusion around them. However, it is clear that they are here to stay. RBI has finally accepted them, and more and more people are starting to use them.

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