--By Kiran Thakur
Who killed Osho?
Pune-based journalist Abhay Vaidya’s book is finally out.
The book lovers and Osho watchers in India and abroad have been waiting for the release of this book for last several months. The Om books International has launched the book in leading bookstores in the country last week, although the Amazon has already made it available online for over a fortnight ago now.
It is the outcome of nearly three decades’ of the reportage and investigative journalism painstakingly carried by one of the finest newsman in India. I am delighted to write about the launch of his book today because he was my colleague in Pune with the defunct Indian Post during the late 1980s. Among our regular coverage, those days used to be Osho. He was hitting the headlines all over the world because of the controversy associated with everything he did in India and abroad. Abhay has remained the only journalist who covered the death on January 19, 1990, and subsequently the controversy over how he died. For quite some time, there used to be a detailed coverage on the death in the media. Some newspapers continued to raise doubts over the death. Speculations continued over the suspicious in which Osho died.
Abhay follows the controversy for the last three decades piecing together threads across the continents. This is a rare piece of investigative journalism that readers come across in India. He had the covered Rajneesh Movement and the book is based on extensively recorded audio and video interviews with Osho’s followers, and a mass of official documents, testimonies, and press reports.
The book traces the early years of Osho, his Neo-Sanyas, Rajneesh Movement, and his magnetic appeal that drew a large number of Indians and Westerners, many of them highly accomplished, to him.
The revolutionary in his thoughts and ideas, Osho struck a chord in many hearts through his powerful oratory and exposition on religion, spiritualism, and meaning of life itself. His meditation techniques are part of his unique contribution to the world and are popular across the globe.
His death on January 19, 1990, triggered a tense factional fight and intrigue among his closest followers for the control of the fonts, 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. Throwing fresh light on the controversial circumstances of their death, this book makes a case for investigations into the affairs of the Osho’s trusts as they exist today.
About Abhay Vaidya
Is an independent journalist based in Pune? He has worked previously with The Times of India as its Washington correspondent, the newspapers Asst resident editor and DNAs resident editor.
A gold medallist in journalism from the University of Pune, he graduated with a Master’s in political science from Indiana University of Pennsylvanians under Rotary foundation scholarship. He is a fellow of lead India
He has reported extensively on the readiness moment in his career of nearly 3 decades. Other noteworthy news stories include the genesis of the multi-billion dollars Lavasa Lake city project and issues of political patronage and environmental concerns around it; IIM CAT paper leak in 2003, banker borrow or nexus and fraud at a nationalised bank and the seemingly unchecked proliferation of fake currency in the country. He writes a 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.
Briefly About the Book
Who killed Osho?
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