“The story of the electoral ink that is applied on the fingers of the voters after the vote, is very interesting. The company that manufactures this special ink also has a long and glorious history. This ink made by the company is so special that its demand is now done by all the countries of the world along with India.”
There are frequent elections in the country. These elections, which are held every five years, are seen here as a festival, where it is tried to get as many voters as possible to participate in the voting. Voters also now commonly take selfies after giving their vote in support of their preferred candidate, showing their finger that has electoral ink applied by the election staff after the vote.
History of blood royal
The company that manufactures this electoral ink has its roots in Krishna Raja Wadiyar IV, the 24th ruler of the Wadiyar royal of the Kingdom of Mysore. The matter is of the year 1894 when Krishna Raja Wadiyar was just 11 years old when his father Chamarajendra Wadiyar passed away. In this difficult time, Krishna Raja Wadiyar took over the power of the state and by 1902 he had completely taken command in his hands and from here Mysore moved forward on a different and faster path of development.
Krishna Raja Wadiyar started several ventures during this period, one of which was ‘Mysore Paints and Lac Limited‘. Initially this company used to manufacture paints for the army and the government, although when Krishna Raja Wadiyar died in 1940, the reins of the company were handed over to the next generation, but with the independence of the country in 1947, this company was handed over by the royal family to the government.
Stop rigging in voting
Initially, when the general elections began, it was felt that many people were giving their votes twice or more and there was a dire need to stop it. As a solution to this problem, scientist ML Goel, along with his team, prepared a special ink and the responsibility of producing it on a large scale was given to ‘Mysore Paints and Lac Limited‘, a company working under the Government of Karnataka.
This ink had started getting on the hands of the people who had given their votes even in the general elections of the country. Through this initiative, fake voting could not be stopped completely, but it was definitely reduced to a large extent. The silver nitrate solution mixed with this ink dries only a few seconds after its application to the hand or finger, which is impossible to remove immediately.
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Supply to other countries
After some time the Government of Karnataka changed the name of the company to ‘Mysore Paints and Varnish Limited‘. This company today supplies ink used during elections in India as well as in more than 24 countries. Not only this, along with ink, this company also manufactures many other products like primer, paint and polish. While thousands of people are working in this historic company today, its total valuation is around Rs 600 crore.