Remember the days when we waited for the postman to bring letters from loved ones, friends and relatives? Most personal and official letters arrived by the post, including appointment letters to jobseekers. Oh, the joy of receiving letters, holding them in your hand, opening the envelope and reading the words written on real paper. Recall those days of writing letters and dropping them off at the post box, the memories are still so vivid to many of us! The collected letters written by famous people often became published as books to become prized literary works, such as the letters of Rabindranath Tagore to his contemporaries or Jawaharlal Nehru to his daughter Indira Priadarshini who later became India’s Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
Came the age of internet technology bringing with it the electronic mail, which is letters sent and received instantly via internet. The swiftness of emails sounded the death knell for postal letters which gradually started to wane. However far apart the sender and receiver, in the next room or the opposite sides of the world, emails reach destination in a matter of seconds, whereas letters take days or weeks depending on the distance. Money order by post continued till mobile money transfer killed that too. The decline of letters and money orders via post turned post offices into museums reminiscent of a bygone era.All things must change with the time or perish! All living things have to adapt to new ways to survive. Those unable to cope with change cannot survive. That is how the term “Survival of the Fittest” came into usage as a popular saying! Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister wishes to convert post offices into digital centres to infuse new life into the hundred year old postal department. The challenge to modernise post offices into digital service centres and bringing e-commerce to the doorsteps of the citizens is achievable with the dynamic leadership of our ICT minister. This will give a new lease of life to the post offices by converting them from lifeless relics to thriving hubs all over the country, particularly in the rural areas.