Crypto Trading on P2P Platforms, Telegram, and WhatsApp Dominate in India

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In Brief
  • Indian crypto investors have turned to P2P platforms and groups on Telegram and WhatsApp to facilitate trades.

  • These platforms reportedly account for about 60-80% of all transactions.

  • Reports indicate the government will classify cryptocurrencies as commodities and tax it accordingly.

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Indians are turning to P2P platforms and groups on messaging platforms to facilitate crypto trades as banks implement obstacles to such trades.

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While the Indian government deliberates over regulating the crypto market, citizens continue to put capital into the market via P2P platforms. Local media reports indicate that crypto investors have turned to P2P platforms and groups on Telegram and WhatsApp to facilitate trades. These platforms reportedly account for about 60–80% of all transactions.

The news follows reports that one of the most popular banks in the nation, State Bank of India, blocked fund receipts by crypto bourses on the national payment platform, UPI. This has led to a greater number of investors turning to other methods.

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Nischal Shetty, CEO of exchange WazirX, said,

“P2P is not a way to trade crypto, but instead, it’s a fiat to crypto on-ramp solution. In the absence of banking options during the banking ban, people would use P2P to convert their fiat to crypto (USDT) and vice-versa.”

Indians are highly interested in the cryptocurrency market, and it’s proven to be the case, even as rumors regarding a ban floated for a while. The Reserve Bank of India, the country’s central bank, issues an order to banks to stop facilitating transactions related to cryptocurrencies. This was eventually overturned by a Supreme Court decision — but banks continue to be hesitant about allowing such transactions.

Where will India stand on cryptocurrency?

The Indian government has vacillated on its decision to regulate the crypto market. Some reports indicated an outright ban, while others suggested reasonable regulation.

The latest reports indicate that the government will classify cryptocurrencies as commodities and tax them accordingly. There is also some indication that the maximum amount that can be held will be $250,000. The parliament should debate cryptocurrency in its next session.

Pro-cryptocurrency groups have lobbied against the government extensively. They state that any draconian resolution would leave India playing catch up in the future. The alternative, that they recommend, is to introduce regulation that encourages innovation while protecting investors and national interests.

The government and central bank, meanwhile, are working on a central bank digital currency (CBDC), which may see trials by the end of the year. The outlook, at this point at least, appears to be somewhat optimistic for Indian investors, who will rejoice that the government is at least considering friendly regulation.

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Rahul's cryptocurrency journey first began in 2014. With a postgraduate degree in finance, he was among the few that first recognized the sheer untapped potential of decentralized technologies. Since then, he has guided a number of startups to navigate the complex digital marketing and media outreach landscapes. His work has even influenced distinguished cryptocurrency exchanges and DeFi platforms worth millions of dollars.

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