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wisfs twofold, first, to 'instill into the minds of the rising generation a definite aversion to the drink habit which was a growing evil in the seventies of the last century, secondly to wage war against the drink evil by exposing the iniquity to the Government's liquor policy and by reforming the excise administration of the country, The first object was served by the Band of Hope for young men. The members took the vow of total abstinence. They walked in processions, banners flying, singing temperence songs with great gusto. They had lectures and pamphlets and tracts through which they carried on the crusade till the membership. swelled to large numbers. Many a young man of those days has, later in life. testified to the tremendous influence which the Band of Hope exercised on the life and conduct of that generation. The second object was served by a vigilant propas ganda, by publication of statistics of crime, disease and death arising from intemperence, by formation of branch societies and by co-operation with the leaders of the Temperance movement in England, specially with the United Kingdom Alliance. A Vernacular paper under the name Mada Na Garal (Wine or Poison ?) was started and broadcast gratis. Memoirs were submitted to Government and caused to be submitted to other influential public bodies, pressing for revision of the excise system and embodying substantive proposals for reform. (P. K. Sen, The Bhography of a New Faith Vol II Calcutta, 1954, pp.58-59). voyagest ifiq ft (Annual Report of the Indian Reform Association, Printed at the Indian Mirror Press) »V Tok (svar ) au (svaa ) at stofaTitz TM Winsk