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30th March 2009, Mysore, Karnataka, India:  Factory workers manually check the tightness of the caps after phials of ink pass through a machine to fill, seal, cap and label the plastic phials. It is the first year that a machine is used as all this used to be done manually since 1962. .Indelible Ink used for the upcoming 2009 India Lok Sabha Elections have been filled into the 15ml capacity phials. In each phial, 10ml of ink is filled, 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.   Photo by Suzanne Lee/The National