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Budget 2013 not a death knell for reforms

By Hartmut Issel
March 4, 2013

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In announcing the new budget, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram tried to square the circle. On the one hand, with the prospect of elections next year or possibly sooner, handing out costly goodies was always going to be a temptation. On the other hand, like its Western counterparts, the Indian government was faced with the fact that it must rein in public spending, which could anger some voters, not to mention dampen economic growth.

Budget 2013: A run-of-the-mill affair

By Andrew Freris
March 4, 2013

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After the sustained hype of a game changer budget, Budget 2013 was a totally run-of-the-mill affair with no announcements of any kind of deregulatory or growth propelling initiatives.

Budget 2013: A high-calorie budget

By Apurva Shah
March 4, 2013

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India’s left-leaning government believes in the ‘eat more, burn more’ philosophy in managing its finances. Budget 2013 takes that idea further with an even stronger projected rise in spending.

Budget 2013 does have some words of wisdom

By R Rajagopal
March 2, 2013

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The finance minister had a tough job in hand with this being the government’s last budget before elections due in 2014. P. Chidambaram had to focus on fiscal consolidation while walking a tightrope between populism and pragmatism.

Budget 2013: An opportunity missed

By Ambareesh Baliga
March 1, 2013

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Budget 2013: Visible impetus on growth

By Y. M. Deosthalee
March 1, 2013

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South China Sea: The zero-sum game

By S K Chatterji
February 27, 2013

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Budget 2013: Balancing fiscal prudence and populism

February 25, 2013

(Rajiv Deep Bajaj is the Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Bajaj Capital Ltd. The views expressed in this column are his own and do not represent those of Reuters)

India Markets Weekahead: Prudent to wait for the budget

By Ambareesh Baliga
February 23, 2013

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Budget 2013: Time for a responsible budget

February 23, 2013

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