India is now in the throes one of the most critical elections in its post- independence history. The country stands at a critical crossroads today. The nature of the next administration will determine to a great extent whether India can exploit its massive youth bulge and become a breakout nation. However, should India fail to kickstart its faltering economy and generate some 200 million new jobs - we may well face an internal security crisis of unprecedented proportions. The external environment is equally challenging.