Once there were over 45,000 telegraph offices in India handling over 600,000 messages on a daily basis. The office in the heart of old Delhi alone used to handle more than 10,000 telegrams a day, by the end of the service’s existence, it was sending maybe 100.
The enterprise was losing too much money to maintain, several hundred million dollars over the past several years, so it was just a matter of time. Though the fact that telegrams remained a part of the fabric of the country for so long is a testament to their meaning. They were a long standing tradition to provide news of a baby’s birth to family members or jobs offers, even marriage announcements. By the end of the service’s life, they were used primarily for official correspondence, something that email, or even a fax will have no trouble picking up the slack going forward.
Telegrams continued to remain relevant in India even after telecom improvements and the advent of the mobile era
With over 850 million mobile subscribers in India, we suspect communications will not be interrupted by this service shut-down -END
source: The Boston Globe; pictures: AP