Expert Zone

Budget 2013: India has no room for a populist budget

By Hartmut Issel
February 14, 2013

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Reuters)

It is still a good year into the next general elections, yet India’s two main political parties have already set the stage for a showdown. The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party is closing in on the Congress party, according to opinion polls. Even though it is still early days, this puts even more pressure on the ruling party.

Budget 2013: Getting the wow factor back

By R Rajagopal
February 14, 2013

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and are not of Reuters)

Gone are the days when Indians used to wait for the budget in February to buy new things. In the 1990s, capital market investors also waited with bated breath for the annual budget to spell out tax and policy measures that affected the fortunes of sectors and companies.

Budget 2013: Need to review tax incentives

February 13, 2013

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not those of Reuters)

It’s going to be a tight budget this year and Finance Minister P. Chidambaram will be looking to save every rupee in revenue to reduce the budget deficit, to which he has committed. One option would be to withdraw tax incentives which have outlived their purpose.

What we want to see in Budget 2013

By Apurva Shah
February 12, 2013

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not those of Reuters)

Over 15 years have passed since P. Chidambaram presented what was called the ‘dream budget’. It was a budget that changed the discourse of financial policy and offered a vision of India matching the growth and dynamism of the tiger economies of Southeast Asia.

Budget 2013: Focusing on growth Chidambaram’s only hope

By Vishal Shah and Smit Sheth
February 11, 2013

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not those of Reuters)

When P. Chidambaram entered the corridors of  North Block in August last year after his appointment as India’s finance minister for the third time, he had his work cut out.

India Markets Weekahead – Opportunity for those who missed out rally

By Ambareesh Baliga
February 10, 2013

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author, and not necessarily of Thomson Reuters)

Budget 2013: A chance to leave ‘policy paralysis’ behind

By Geoff Lewis
February 8, 2013

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author, and not those of Reuters)

In India, the government continues to both talk a good game and walk a decent game, having apparently learnt its lesson after a prolonged period of policy paralysis, before gaining a fresh lease of life with last summer’s economic reforms.

Budget 2013: High on expectations again

February 8, 2013

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author, and not those of Reuters)

It’s budget time in India once again, the annual month of anxiety and expectations that everyone awaits with bated breath.

Budget 2013 wishlist: What the IT industry wants

By V Balakrishnan
February 8, 2013

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author, and not those of Reuters)

This has been one of the most challenging years for the IT and business process outsourcing (BPO) industry in India with global economic uncertainty affecting revenue growth.

Budget 2013 wishlist: IT industry expects policy changes

By Keshav R. Murugesh
February 7, 2013

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author, and not those of Reuters)

Despite volatility in the global economy, the Indian IT and business process management (BPM) industry has grown steadily and is set to cross the $100 billion milestone according to the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM).