As you must have already noticed, Google has put up a doodle on its India homepage that features an ink-marked finger in place of the letter L, marking the counting day of the Lok Sabha Elections 2014. If you click on the doodle, it will take you to a page which displays the elections results as well as the latest elections news from different media news sources.
The simple doodle shows the 'Google' text but the alphabet 'L' has been modified into a voters fist and an inked finger has been shown, that symbolizes the constitutional rights of every individual in the country.
India saw a record 550 million votes cast at 989 counting centers in the five-week-long marathon. According to estimated given by EC officials, the final results will be known by 3pm or 4pm today. Although Indian elections are difficult to predict but the exit polls project a win for a coalition led by Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, celebrations by BJP have already begun.
The Internet giant usually posts its election doodle on voting day in other countries, but since in India the elections are conducted in various phases, Google decided to post the doodle on counting day instead.
A recent study has revealed that Google may have power over Indian election results. The study conducted by American Institute for Behavioural Research and Technology (AIBRT), over 2,000 undecided Indian voters showed that about 12% of them could be ‘pushed’ towards a candidate based on better visibility on Google search rankings. The study found that Google had the power to fix the elections to a certain extent.
Recently, Google celebrated noted biochemist Dorothy Hodgkin's 104th birthday. The British scientist was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her work on the structure of vitamin B12 in 1964. Hodgkin's also won the Order of Merit in 1965, the Copley Medal as well as the Lenin Peace Prize.