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Telegram - The TAAR is Dead A dream comes true
 
Telegram - The TAAR is Dead
Finally, the Indian government killed the telegraph. Or to be more precise, formally killed the dead telegraph.

Yes, the BSNL has decided to discontinue the 160-year-old telegram service effective 15 July, 2013. But Boy, what a life has the gram led!

Telegrams have been feared and anticipated, bringing both good and bad news, but for sure always URGENT news to Indians since the 1850s. In this age of texting and email, the ‘telegram’ for sure comes as a comic relic from an old forgotten era. In 2013, faced with declining revenues, BSNL instituted the first telegram price hike in some 60 years. In March 2012, it ceased international telegraph service. And in those two years it lost Rs 17 million. With the government refusing to bail out, and with BSNL realising that the telegram whose basic idea was fast communication, was losing its relevance thanks to SMS and emails, decided to close shop.

The telegram has been the most immediate way of distributing news or sending a message. Whether it was one of those dreaded ‘regret to inform you’ notices from the War Department or ‘send money please’ or birthday congratulations, the arrival by hand of those yellow envelopes always seemed momentous.

We take a look at some of the interesting facets of the ‘Taar”.

 

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