By Deep Kanta Lahiri Choudhury

The 1st digital verbal exchange community remodeled language, distance, and time. This ebook researches the telegraph approach of the British Indian Empire, c.1850 to 1920, exploring some of the most major transnational phenomena of the imperial international, and the hyperlink among communique, Empire, and social swap.

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Telegraphic Imperialism: Crisis and Panic in the Indian Empire, c. 1830

The 1st digital communique community reworked language, distance, and time. This publication researches the telegraph process of the British Indian Empire, c. 1850 to 1920, exploring probably the most major transnational phenomena of the imperial global, and the hyperlink among communique, Empire, and social switch.

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W. N. 38 This was an example of the conflict between ‘savants’ and experts; Forbes belonged to the Royal Engineers, while O’Shaughnessy belonged to the Medical service. Ghose ignores O’Shaughnessy’s role in the Asiatic Society, arguing that ‘…liberal and firm government support induced him [O’Shaughnessy] to come out of the laboratory and launch a grand technological enterprise’. 39 Thwarted by the government from pursuing his original scheme of subterranean lines, he became pioneer of submarine telegraphy.

OIOC. Source: V/24/ 4282. 3). The department was surprised at the ease with which Indians used the telegraph for personal matters and admired the communication practices of indigenous business. ’ They repeated important figures with words or expressed them twice, for example, Rs. 834 or twice Rs. 417. ’56 O’Shaughnessy noted that the ‘important mart’ of Mirzapur only returned a monthly average of Rs. 57 This suggests, first, that the Indian business community, especially those engaged in opium speculation, were more than aware of the shortcomings of the telegraph and devised rational strategies in language and expression to avoid error.

This was a strategically crucial distance of 300 miles connecting the last railway station with the first military cantonment on the river Ganga. Harriet Tytler in her account of 1857 revealed the public doubt about the efficacy of the telegraph. She wrote upon meeting the mail cart from Delhi that [t]his mail cart leaving Delhi punctually at the appointed time with the mails as if nothing had happened showed the subtlety of the … Asiatic character. 8 Certainly O’Shaughnessy antagonised many people: agents of British patent holding companies, railway engineers and some of his colleagues.

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