Abhay Vaidya

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.