Poverty. Riches. The world's largest democracy. An ancient caste system. Bollywood. India is a land of contrasts, a booming new power that remains baffling to outsiders and insiders alike. The Shiva Rules is a year-long GlobalPost series that decodes the many mysteries of India's uneven rise in the 21st century.
In the past few years a new word has appeared in India to describe the new mega-rich — "Bollygarchs". These Indian business-owners have become a new, distinct class of the international elite. But can they keep hold of their wealth?