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The Most Difficult Decision For Young Indian Voters Might Be Picking An Instagram Filter

In the world's largest democratic election, if you voted but you didn't selfie it after, did you vote at all?

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In case you missed it: India is currently in the throes of its general elections, voting to elect a new parliament and Prime Minister.

Prime Ministerial candidates Rahul Gandhi (left) and Narendra Modi (right). Photograph by Punit Paranjpe, AFP.

With more than 800 million eligible voters, this is the largest democratic election of all time, the world over.

In an age-old electoral procedure, voters' index fingers are marked with a small ink stripe after they've cast their vote.

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The point is to prevent anyone from voting more than once.

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The trend is pioneered and sustained by the generation that turned 18 in the last five years, who are both selfie-obsessed and newly eligible to vote.

It is popular enough to have been meme-ified.

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Some people are using it to express peace...

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Others not so much.

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(BJP and Congress are the two most popular parties competing for control.)

One revolutionary is supporting the trend by teaching the world how to convincingly fake the ink mark, even if you didn't actually vote.

For those who missed out, remember, one layer of blue, one of black and carefully finish with blue again.

Mihir Modi@mihirmodi

For those who missed out, remember, one layer of blue, one of black and carefully finish with blue again.

08:28 AM - 24 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Which is apparently a thing that is happening, because this kid is definitely not 18 years old.

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Some people are using this as an outlet for their pent-up creative energy.

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For others, it is family bonding.

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Of course, duck faces are aplenty.

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This trailblazer is using one index finger to point to the other.

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These are our archivers now, documenting a historic moment for India, democracy, and the world.

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