Indian Telecom service recently announced the demise of India’s telegram service, which has been a mode of communication for the past 162 years. It has been replaced by Twitter, SMS, Facebook, and Email as alternate modes.
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited has decided to close the 160-year-old Telegram Services from 15th July 2013 after monitoring of declining revenues, where the telegrams used as the main source for quick and urgent communication and the telegram services delivered much news which is happy and sad to people/offices throughout India.
At present modern days, Emails and SMS are playing a vital role to send and receive the messages for communication and the telegram services are found as edged out, after monitoring of declining revenues and other aspects, 2 months ago BSNL has withdrawn telegram services for overseas communication.
After monitoring the services and revenues, BSNL has decided to shut down the services of Telegraph and move the employees who are working in Telegraph services to Landline, Mobile and Broadband Services within the next 3 months of closure of Telegraph services.
History of Telegram in India
The telegram services have been in since the 19th century, but due to the more efficient and reliable modes of communication, it has become somewhat obsolete with the passage of time. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited which an enterprise of the Indian government, recently announced that India’s telegram service has now come to an end.
The reason is that Facebook has superseded it, Twitter, e-mail, SMS and Whatsapp services, which are more convenient and efficient than the formally used communicating medium. The telegram service has been around India for the past 162 years, but due to it becoming more and more obsolete with the passage of time, it has finally been shut down for good.
The company also announced that the declining revenues for the telegram sector are the main contributor to the demise of it. The employees working for the telegram service in India would be divided between the landline, broadband, and mobile sectors, to avoid unemployment and inconvenience for them.
This decision is not something very unusual or unprecedented, as Britain had ended its telecommunication service early in 1982. The telecommunication service had been a thing since the 19th century.
For customary individuals, not very many of whom were on the telephone, telegram services were the best way to get critical messages through quick. Be that as it may, there was another explanation behind sending a wire. In the 1930s, it was regularly hard to go to occasions that one was welcome. It was because autos like cars were uncommon extravagances.
So voyaging long separations typically included taking transport to the nearby railroad station- every now and again changing trains in London and transportation at the opposite end. When somebody needed to decline a wedding welcome politely, it was standard to demonstrate eagerness and support for the occasion by sending a welcome telegram.
It was planned to arrive with the goal that the as well as could be expected it out to every one of the visitors as a significant aspect of this discourse at the gathering. This training like such a substantial number of others hindered amid World War Two. It is recalled well in the mid1950s when it was usual practice for the best man to peruse out a significant number of messages. At that point, it bit by bit vanished as speedier innovations produced.
The smallest telegram message ever sent was by Oscar Wilde to his distributor, enquiring about the offers of his most recent novel: “?” composed the creator. “!” answered his distributor, which meant an astounding number of sales.
Moreover, the American creator Mark Twain served a clever joke to London in 1897 when his eulogy had been distributed: “THE REPORTS OF MY DEATH ARE GREATLY EXAGGERATED.” The primary message ever read: “WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT?” and was sent in the year 1844 in Morse code from Washington DC to Baltimore by the U.S. Court.
Not at all like letters, many wires had the characteristic of writing capital letters and a sudden “STOP” to check the finish of a sentence. They were generally sent to salute, sympathize, or convey cash or pressing news.
Conceivably a standout amongst the most outstanding tragedies to be passed on was the sinking of the Titanic ship in 1912, which sent in the form of a telegram message to the New York office. In numerous English-talking nations, a message dispatcher, all the more regularly known as a wired kid or telegram boy, was a young male utilized to convey telegrams, for the most part on the bike.
In the United Kingdom and Ireland, young men used by the Telegram Post Office; in the United States, they worked for Western Union or other broadcast companies. For more than 150 years, messages of happiness, distress, and achievement came in signature yellow envelopes hand conveyed by a messenger.
Presently the Western Union message is formally a relic of times. The organization shaped in April 1856 and is currently concentrating on cash exchanges and other money-related administrations, and conveyed its last wire on Friday.
“The choice was a hard choice since we’re completely mindful of our legacy,” Victor Chayet, an organization representative said. “Yet, it’s the last progress from a correspondences organization to a money-related administration organization.”
A few transmit organizations that in the long run consolidated to wind up Western Union were established in 1851. Western Union assembled its first cross-country transmit line in 1861. “At the time it was as unbelievable and amazing as the PC when it initially turned out,” said Tom Noel, a history educator at the University of Colorado at Denver.
“For individuals who could scarcely comprehend it, here you had the enchantment of the electric power bridging the nation.” In 1994, Western Union Financial Services was obtained by First Financial Management Corp., which First Data Corp. purchased for $7 billion the next year.
A week ago, First Data said it would turn Western Union off as a different organization. Messages were utilized to report the first trip in 1903 and the beginning of World War I. Amid World War II, seeing a Western Union dispatch dreaded because the War Department utilized the organization to advise groups of the demise of their friends and family serving in the military, Chayet said.
With long separation rates dropping and diverse advances for discussing developing including the web Western Union eliminated messengers in the late 1960s and mid-1970s. Like the USA and Britain, India has also finally ended the telegram service, only to pave the way for better and more prominent messaging technologies.
No need of all those old-school telegram companies or boys transferring messages from one place to another physically, when you could do it yourself in a blink of an eye!
Telegram Service Closed on Which date
In this history of telegram services in India, The final date in which year telegram service was discontinued in india is 15.07.2013. The last telegram message booked by many will deliver with a message of discontuniation of services in entire India.