PILF Speakers 2017

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 degree 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 a number of journalism institutes.

Back Cover Blurb

This book is the result of nearly three decades of reportage and investigative journalism on the Rajneesh Movement. It is based on extensively recorded audio and video interviews with Osho’s closest followers and a mass of official documents, testimonies and press reports. These include statements to the FBI and testimonies by top Osho sannyasins and others at the Wasco County Special Grand Jury hearings in the United States in 1985, and Witness Statements before the European Union Intellectual Property Office.
The book traces the early years of Osho and his Neo-Sannyas Movement and the magnetic appeal that drew a large number of Indians and Westerners, many of them highly accomplished, towards him.
Osho was revolutionary in his thoughts and ideas and struck a chord in many hearts through his powerful oratory and exposition on religion, spiritualism and the meaning of life itself. His meditation techniques are part of his unique contribution to the world and are popular across the globe.
His death in January, 1990 triggered intense factional fights and intrigue among his closest followers for the control of the funds, intellectual properties and other lucrative assets of the Movement.
Who Killed Osho? not only captures the history of the Movement but is also the definitive account to date of Osho’s death and that of his soulmate, Nirvano. It throws fresh light on the controversial circumstances of their deaths and makes a case for investigations into the murky affairs of the Osho trusts as they exist today.

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