Mysore Paints and Varnish Ltd

The indelible ink produced by Mysore Paints and Varnish (MPVL) will mark millions of index fingers across India this year, with parliamentary elections due in the world’s largest democracy.

Since 1962, this little-known company has had an exclusive government licence to supply Voters’ Ink for parliamentary and local elections. MPVL exports the ink around the world, from Turkey and Nepal to Ghana and South Africa. The product is used to stop voters repeat voting and by the company’s estimate, has been used on over 6bn people. Read more