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.