Protesters shield themselves as policemen beat them with sticks during a demonstration near India Gate—AP

Protesters shield themselves as policemen beat them with sticks during a demonstration near India Gate—AP

Protesters shield themselves as policemen beat them with sticks during a demonstration near India Gate—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.