144 years after the invention of the telegraphy, the telegraph is still going strong in India. Over 5,000 messages are sent daily, because for many, the telegraph is the only means of communication. But on July 14, the BSNL board, responsible for sending the electronic messages, will shut their service down.
This will leave thousands isolated once again because although shutting down the telegram is meant to push people into buying more cellphones, many people in India can’t afford the service. I wonder what the last telegraph will say. Maybe it should reflect the first telegraph’s message, which included a quote from Samuel Morse, “What hath God wrought?”