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30th March 2009, Mysore, Karnataka, India:  The indelible ink that will be used for the upcoming 2009 India Lok Sabha Elections. Each phial contains 10ml of ink and if properly applied, can be used to mark as many as 700 voters. Only one company, Mysore Paints and Varnish, manufactures the secret formula of indelible ink that is used for all Indian elections since the biggest democratic nation in the world started using ink to mark the fingers of its voters in 1962. The same ink has also been supplied to many other countries, including Turkey, Cambodia, Sierra Leona, Mongolia, Bhutan, Nepal, Papua New Guinea and Maldives.  Photo by Suzanne Lee/The National