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How India's election ink helps the world vote

The indelible ink smeared on voters’ fingers in India is sought after in many countries. Malaysia ordered 1 lakh bottles of indelible ink for its 2018 general elections. The deep purple ink is made by Mysore Paints and Varnish Ltd (MPVL), owned by the Karnataka government. It is the only authorised company in India to produce the ink. It was set up in 1937 by the Maharaja of Mysore, Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. Initially called Mysore Lac and Paint Works Ltd, it was renamed Mysore Paints and Varnish Limited in 1989. The ink is exported to 25 countries, including Thailand, Singapore, Nigeria, Malaysia, South Africa and Afghanistan. In India, the ink is applied on the left forefinger - from the top end of the nail to the first joint -- with a stick In Cambodia and the Maldives, voters have to dip their finger into the ink. In Burkina Faso, the ink is applied with a brush. In Turkey, nozzles are used to apply the ink. The ink was first used in India in the 1962 elections. A 10 ml bottle can b

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