Vicarious joy

THE SUPREME Court's stay order restraining the Assembly from acting against the senior journalists of The Hindu and the Murasoli has, interestingly, warmed the cockles of the vital segment of the Government machinery the most.

Government employees and teachers, who found themselves at the receiving end during their recent stir, could not help expressing their joy in the form of `hush-hush outbursts'. On Monday, telephones and mobiles of journalists kept ringing and the curious voices at the other end sounded a sigh of relief, after getting to know of the positive development.