Abhay Vaidya is an independent journalist
based in Pune. He has worked previously as
The Times of India's Washington Correspondent,
the newspaper's Assistant Resident Editor and
as DNA's Resident Editor.
A gold medalist in journalism from the
University of Pune, he graduated with a Master's in Political
Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania under a Rotary Foundation Scholarship. He is a fellow of Lead India.
Abhay has reported extensively on the Rajneesh Movement
in his career of nearly three decades. Other noteworthy news
stories include the genesis of the multi-billion dollar Lavasa
Lake City project and issues of political patronage and
environmental concerns around it; IIM CAT paper leak in
2003, banker-borrower nexus and fraud at a nationalised bank
and the seemingly unchecked proliferation of fake currency
in the country. He writes commentary on social and political issues and media ethics on a regular basis.
Passionate about journalism and the role of a free press in the rocky odyssey of Indian democracy and secularism, Abhay is
a visiting faculty at most leading journalism institutes in India.