Up to some extent it is right as we can see the rising of e-mails & use of computers & cell phones in personal communication.
In India it is a trend that after introducing any new technology people start talking about future of existing things.
It has already happened with Radio. When TV started in India in 1982 and private channels came in every body and even policy makers started talking that now Radio has no future.
But today the popularity of F.M. Radio in even metropolitan cities expalins a whole new story about the future of Radio.
Same with the newspapers, there circulation is continuously increasing, their authenticity is intact despite presence of more than 300 TV channels.
It should be understood that no new technology replaces the old one. On the contrary, it generally enriches the previous.
Scooter did not replace bicycle and keypad is not going to replace pencil.
Our concern is philately.
It is a myth that we will not see stamps after few years.
Facts indicate a whole new story . As we know that there are only 2 to 3 lakhs active philatelists in the country, than why \”India-Post\” is releasing 8 lakh stamps of many commemorative issues?
In 2010 many stamps printed in a number of 6 to 8 lakhs.
Who is using them?
Definitely public is still using these stamps, besides the number of definitive stamps printed is in millions.
In fact, this myth should be demysified now that use of stamps is decreasing.
India lives in villages, where courier services are neither available nor reliable.
About 70 million people are not within the reach of computers or courier services.
All these billions of people across the country are using Post-cards, In-land letters, Stamps, and Money order services.
According to the sources of the indian postal department, post offices are receiving bulk mail from corporates like, BSNL, LIC & many other MNCs.All such posts are however posted with franking without affixing stamps.
Common people of India do use stamps and use them everyday in billions actually.
Philatellists need not be worried anymore. Keep collecting lovely stamps!