Bestin Samuel

Bestin Samuel is a graduate student at the Department International Development, University of Oxford. Prior to joining Oxford, he worked for a grass root humanitarian organization in India, and his areas of interest include South Asia, media and culture, minority rights and children's issues.

India’s Religious Leaders Under the Spotlight for Rape, Murder and Terrorism

January 10, 2019

Across India’s main religions, crimes committed by spiritual leaders normalize criminality among their followers. Karl Marx’s notion that religion is the opium of the masses could not have been truer in India. By a crude extension of the postulate, religious leaders play the part of opium dealers, wielding enormous power...

Will India Listen to Its Protesting Farmers?

December 13, 2018

It is not just the vagaries of nature that push the farmers toward desperate measures — apathy from the government toward the agriculture sector had undermined its fragile economy. In June 2017, holding the skulls and bones of who he claims are farmers who had committed suicide, P. Ayyakannu, the...

The Billion-Dollar Problem in India

August 21, 2017

While India teems with billionaires on one end, many are left counting pennies. When the Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index was released in July, it did not make for merry reading for the second most populous country in the world. India cut an alarmingly sorry figure when it came to the...