M S Dhoni plays a shot against Pakistan during the last ODI match at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. PTI

M.S. Dhoni plays a shot against Pakistan during the last ODI match at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday — PTI

M.S. Dhoni plays a shot against Pakistan during the last ODI match at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday — PTI

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.