Top 10 Things Banned in India

The Indian government is always at the forefront of imposing bans on things and the list for the same is endless. There are a number of restrictions that have been implemented just so to uphold …

The Indian government is always at the forefront of imposing bans on things and the list for the same is endless. There are a number of restrictions that have been implemented just so to uphold the rights of Indian citizens.

Top 10 Things Banned in India

Although many blame the government for not concentrating on real useful matters, bans made on certain things by the Indian government authorities are worth noting. 

Here is the list of Top 10 things banned in India – let’s take a look!

1. Alcohol Advertisements

Top 10 Things Banned in India

Advertisements on liquor products have been banned in India since 1995 and that’s the reason, you don’t see Kingfisher, Budweiser and several others advertising liquor on television.

On understanding the harmful effects liquor can have on one’s mental and physical health, the government decided to hold a rigid ban on these products.

Even though advertising alcohol is banned in India, alcohol companies have taken to surrogate advertising under the name of club sodas, music CDs and sports franchises.

2. Beef

Top 10 Things Banned in India

As in Hinduism, cows are seen as a sacred figure and that’s why there are certain restrictions and rules led by the government of India to restrict the consumption of beef in India.

A total of 24 states in India have regulations around the slaughter or sale of cows and their meat. Owing to this, the government of India in 2015 issued bans on slaughter of bulls and bullocks in several states.

3. Pornography

Top 10 Things Banned in India

The ban led by the telecom department on pornography in 2015 was a huge subject of trolls among youngsters. Questions such as ‘’is ban on pornography really necessary’’ were raised on Indian government.

Amidst the ban, a total of 857 websites including the popular ones like Brazzers and Pornhub were blocklisted. However, despite the ban, consumption of porn in India has only increased in recent years. 

4. Foie Gras

Top 10 Things Banned in India

Continued to be served as the most exotic dish by the most sought after restaurants in the world even today, India was the first ever country to ban the import of foie gras, a dish made of the liver of a duck or goose liver, in July 2014.

The ban was influenced by several animal activist groups from London which produced the cruel methods used to produce the dish in front of the world.

5. Partying with Foreign National as Invites

Top 10 Things Banned in India

People in Karnataka are not allowed to party with foreigners, yes you heard it right. The Karnataka government has made it mandatory to videograph all parties with foreigners invited.

Not only this, the organisers have to give a list of all the foreigner guests attending such parties. A district-level committee permission is also required in order to hold any such party. 

6. Chinese Apps

Top 10 Things Banned in India

In June 2020, an order was passed by India’s ministry of electronics and information technology stating a ban on a bunch of several chinese apps. These apps were stated to be “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”.

Several chinese apps including TikTok, Helo, We Chat, Alibaba’s UC Browser and UC News, Shein, Club Factory, Likee, Bigo Live besides others were banned in India. 

7. Street Dentistry

Top 10 Things Banned in India

As per Chapter V, Section 49 of the Dentists Act, 1948, anyone practising dental work needs a suitable license. Those found unlicensed can be penalized anywhere between 500 to 1,000 rupees and face up to six months imprisonment.

People practising street dentistry are usually found in mornings and early evenings. Several impositions have been made to stop this illegal trade. 

8. Books hurting religious sentiments

Top 10 Things Banned in India

Well, this may not seem to be a real ban in the first place but yes there are books that have been banned in India due to reasons like religious sentiments, satirical plot, political issues and several more.

Books like The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie, The Hindus: An Alternative History by Wendy Doniger, The Ramayana as told by Aubrey Menen, Understanding Islam through Hadis by Ram Swarup are some of the books that are not available for reading. 

9. Plastics

Top 10 Things Banned in India

As per figures based on CPCB’s projection, India recorded an estimated 25,940 tonnes per day of plastic waste. Out of which, only 60% was collected and recycled, the rest remains uncollected and littered in the environment.

To minimize the consumption of plastics, the Plastic Waste Management Rules (PWM) banned the use of plastic carry bags below 50 microns thickness all over the country.

States like Telangana, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu are the only states that have banned single-use plastics completely. 

10. Dolphin shows and finning

Top 10 Things Banned in India

A law enforced by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) in 2013, stated the ban on establishment of dolphinariums in the country. The government agencies as well as private parties have been asked to reject any proposals for dolphinariums.

A similar agency,  the Directorate General of Foreign Trade banned the export of shark fins in 2015. Since then, the country has reported a tremendous decline in shark fin trade.


What has been banned in India?

All of the above mentioned list of things cannot be legally practised in India. 

Which app is banned in India today?

Apps like PUBG Mobile, TikTok, ShareIt, Baidu, CamScanner, UC Browser, Likee, Bigo Live, Shein, Clash of Clans are some of the prominent chinese apps that are banned in India.

Is using VPN illegal in India?

VPN is completely legal in India, however, people using it to reach illegal sites can be punished for using the service. 


Well, these are actually some of the good bans that have been imposed by the Indian Government. We’ve got to admit that people from these bans are only benefited and that these bans are meant for safeguarding the Indian society. 

What are your thoughts on things that are banned in India? What other things aside from the above listed ones, you think should be banned further? Let us know in the comment section below.