India's Telegraph, Once Gandhi's E-Mail, Stutters to an End

This weekend, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, the state-run company that runs the system, is finally set to wind down its telegraph service for good, just as Western Union decided in 2006 that it was over for its telegrams in the U.S.

It was the text-messaging service of its age, an invention as awe-inspiring in its time as electricity, flight and the moving image.

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