Will the real Vijay Shekhar Sharma please stand up?

If you believe that actions speak louder than words, now would be a good time to take a long, hard look at Paytm’s founder.

Till two hours before he actually left the building, nobody had a clue that Pravin Jadhav, the managing director and CEO of Paytm Money, was on his way out. 

Far away from Paytm’s headquarters at B121, Sector 5, in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, Jadhav had spent a tense two months in Bengaluru moving in and out of discussions. First with Vijay Shekhar Sharma, the founder of Paytm, and later with Paytm Money’s board of directors, a mix of employees and loyalists; the only director missing was Cyrus Khambata, the former executive director of Central Depository Services. At the heart of the …


Ashish K. Mishra

Ashish is the editor-in-chief of The Morning Context. One of the best-known business feature writers in India, he was selected for Germany’s Robert Bosch Stiftung Fellowship in 2012 and received the Mumbai Press Club RedInk certificate of recognition in 2015 for his story “Inside the Network 18 takeover”. Before joining The Morning Context, Ashish co-founded The Ken, where he was managing editor. His previous writing stints include Mint, Forbes India and The Economic Times.