India sends last telegram STOP Ending over 160 years of service STOP

India sends last telegram STOP Ending over 160 years of service STOP
Email, texts, mobile phones and even plain old telephone service have struck their death knell against one of the few remaining telegram services in the world. India’s state run telegram service sent its last message Sunday evening and the last remaining 75 telegraph offices will now close.

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.

As you might expect, there has been a rush by people to send a telegram before the service shuttered, enough so that the government canceled holidays and off-work days for employees to handle the demand oddly. The telegrams will be collector’s items and mementos now, likely preserved as pictures in some people’s smartphones as well.

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

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14 Comments

1. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

ahh the good ol days

6. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

there should be some analogue technologies as well , if some disaster happens (which might collapse modern society) these methods will prove useful

7. Kan_wha

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

Telegrams rely on powered copper lines right? If disasters of that magnitude occurs, I'd probably go for those old walkie talkies. Or... two cans and a string, doesnt get any more analogue than that lol

9. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

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2. HeWhoDoesNothing

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

I had no idea...

3. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

I don't get it, if they've closed all the telegraph offices in India how will Sprint communicate??

11. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

I heard Sprints finally upgrading to these after all these years. http://netdna.webdesignerdepot.com/uploads/cellphone_design/dkmb86g_487pr55s2hc_b.jpg

12. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Sprint has no relation with India.

4. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

what! sprint was never as advanced as to use Telegraph! they're still using carrier pigeon

5. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

Oh that's just wrong.

8. Kan_wha

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

You mean the pony express

10. Adithya7184 unregistered

rest in piece telegram!!!!!

13. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Good Bye Telegram... :'(

14. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

It should have said... "STAPH"

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