Peter Mayer

Peter Mayer

Peter Mayer is an associate professor and visiting research fellow in politics and international studies, University of Adelaide.

India adopts a national Goods and Services Tax … sort of

In a society where tax avoidance is something of a national sport, India’s new GST is something of a major achievement, write Mandar Oak and Peter Mayer The distance between India’s mega-cities Kolkata and Mumbai is about the same as from Brisbane to Adelaide. Goods shipped by road from Brisbane usually reach Adelaide in three …

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India’s ban on cow slaughter: appeasing the BJP Hindu base but scoring an economic own goal?

While India’s ban on selling cattle for slaughter has triggered violent vigilantism, Peter Mayer and Mandar Oak consider its impact on the country’s economy It is common knowledge that the cow is held as sacred by many Hindus. As the English usage is ambiguous, it is important to specify that it is only females of …

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Jayalalithaa: death of a political mother goddess

India’s most populous state, Tamil Nadu, faces uncertain political times following the death of its charismatic chief minister, Jayalalitha, writes Peter Mayer The unexpected death of J Jayalalithaa1, five-time chief minister of India’s populous Tamil Nadu state, evoked an eruption of mass grief. Four hundred and seventy people are reported to have died of shock …

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Mixed record calls Modi’s reform credentials into question

After a bold start, there are signs India’s prime minister Narendra Modi may be taking a more cautious approach to reform The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by Narendra Modi, was swept to a massive electoral victory in May 2014. In a very presidential-style campaign, Modi promised parivartan (change) and vikas (development). Modi held up …

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The Emperor of India: Modi’s first year in office

Narendra Modi and the BJP were swept to power in 2014 on a promise of major change. PETER MAYER assesses Modi’s record after 12 months. When the results of the national general elections in India were announced in mid-May, 2014 they signalled a major rupture in the established pattern of national politics. Most observers and …

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