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Quick Edit | Purely need-to-know basis

Quick Edit | Purely need-to-know basis
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First Published: Fri, Jun 12 2009. 12 34 AM IST
Updated: Fri, Jun 12 2009. 12 35 AM IST
Everyone is surprised that Virender Sehwag hid the extent of his injury, and that at least some others in India’s cricketing establishment allowed him to do so, hoping (against hope) that he would recover in time for key matches in the Twenty20 World Cup.
They are forgetting that information dissemination in India has always been on what is popularly termed a need-to-know basis.
Thus, companies deny reports of mergers to stock markets, only to eventually make an announcement to the same effect a few weeks later. And even regulatory organizations rarely go public with details of their investigations of companies and the results of these investigations. The quality of disclosure is no better in the government although the right to information law, a sunshine legislation, has improved things.
In a culture where information and access to information translates into power, why should anyone expect the Indian cricket establishment to act any differently?
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First Published: Fri, Jun 12 2009. 12 34 AM IST