Indian mourners walk beside a truck carrying the body of Shiv Sena cheif Bal Thackeray during his funeral in Mumbai-AP

Indian mourners walk beside a truck carrying the body of Shiv Sena cheif Bal Thackeray during his funeral in Mumbai-AP

Indian mourners walk beside a truck carrying the body of Shiv Sena cheif Bal Thackeray during his funeral in Mumbai-AP

We are now in the final stages of this general election. On Thursday, May 7, voters will elect a new Parliament. So far the campaign has been curiously lacklustre and timid.

An unquestionably authentic verdict is fundamental as much for democracy as it is for political parties that win with spectacular success.