31 July 1995: When the first mobilephone call was made in India

Surajit Das Gupta in this piece in BS:
A mobile revolution was unimaginable when Jyoti Basu as West Bengal chief minister made the first mobile call to Sukh Ram, then Union communications minister, on July 31, 1995.
Over the last 25 years, the telecom industry has been through dizzying peaks, troughs, policy U-turns, court battles, brutal competition, and daily controversies.
With a charge of Rs 18/min for voice calls to free voice calls now, and a burgeoning subscriber base, India’s telecom sector has come a long way. We look at the men who made all of this possible.

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