Dan­ger­ous Game

India Today - - MAIL -

It’s an eye-opener that gam­bling has pro­lif­er­ated to the ex­tent it has in the East (“Play­boys of the East­ern World”, Oc­to­ber 31). Peo­ple are find­ing places like Macao and Sin­ga­pore easy to fly to. But seek­ing plea­sures in gam­bling can turn into a night­mare with dire con­se­quences on fam­ily life.

SAN­JIV GUPTA, Aus­tralia Over the years, In­di­ans have be­gun to blindly im­i­tate the West’s casino cul­ture. Now we ap­pear to be in­com­pe­ti­tion with the Chi­nese in pack­ing Asia’s hottest casi­nos in Macao and Sin­ga­pore. Why not im­i­tate China in terms of its de­vel­op­ment in all spheres of life?

A.SRIKANTAIAH, Ban­ga­lore It’s a pity that In­dian cit­i­zens are wast­ing such huge amounts of money at casi­nos abroad when the coun­try is in the grip of dou­ble-digit in­fla­tion. Whether the money is black or white, it def­i­nitely burns a hole in In­dian econ­omy and fills up the cof­fers of Sin­ga­pore and Macao.

PAWAN KU­MAR FANGARIA,

Noida Di­wali is a time when gam­bling be­comes a kind of must-do ac­tiv­ity for peo­ple ar­rang­ing par­ties at their homes or other venues. The gam­bling scene is quite ac­tive in In­dia but no­body does it in the open. With Macao and Sin­ga­pore emerg­ing as the lat­est hubs for the great gam­bling in­dus­try, In­di­ans flock­ing to the ma­jor gam­ble ta­bles there comes as

no big sur­prise, es­pe­cially given that the air fare to both places is lower than that to some do­mes­tic des­ti­na­tions.

HRISHANT GOKHALE,

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