India Sends Its Last Telegram
Hundreds crowd offices to send out final messages
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 15, 2013 1:39 PM CDT
An Indian telegraph employee processes a telegram on the last day of the 163-year-old service at the central telegraph office in Mumbai, India, Sunday, July 14, 2013.   (Rafiq Maqbool)

(Newser) India's last telegram went out late yesterday, marking the end of a service that millions of Indians had relied on for fast (relatively speaking) communication for more than 160 years. Hundreds of people thronged the 75 telegraph offices remaining in the country to send their last telegrams to friends or family as a keepsake. The company that ran the nation's telegram service says declining revenues forced the decision.

Some of the last-day users sent telegrams to Kapil Sibal, India's minister for telecommunications, pleading for the service to be continued. But with losses mounting year every year in the digital age, that's not going to happen. At last count, India had 867 million cellphone users. Until recently, the government used telegrams to inform recipients of top civilian awards and for court notices. What will the government use now? Most likely email.

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JERZJOE
Jul 21, 2013 7:30 AM CDT
OH!! NOW THE TELEGRAM IS HISTORY!! WHEN IS THE $15+ BIL A YEAR LOSS OF A SERVICE!! LIKE THE USPS WILL EVER BE HISTORY!! STILL DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT!! CAN YOU!! AND I LIKE THOSE ADS FOR THAT FOREVER STAMP WHEN THE PERSON TALKING SAYS!! REGARDLESS OF FUTURE PRICE INCREASES!! WOW!! WHEN YOU LOSE $$$ LIKE A THERE'S NO TOMORROW!! JUST RAISE YOU RATES TO COVER IT!! JUST A MIND-BOGGLE TO ME!!
JoeNobody
Jul 15, 2013 2:29 PM CDT
Does anyone know if India was actually using "Telegrams" which used either teletype or telegraph, or had this evolved into a fax or similar means of transmission?
finkster
Jul 15, 2013 2:16 PM CDT
Walked out this morning Don't believe what I saw A hundred billion bottles Washed up on the shore Seems I'm not alone at being alone A hundred billion casatways Looking for a home I'll send an SOS to the world I'll send an SOS to the world I hope that someone gets my I hope that someone gets my I hope that someone gets my Message in a bottle Message in a bottle Message in a bottle Message in a bottle