February 2, 1881
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But our paper, as the champion of the people, will not scruple to speak plainly against class interests nor shrink from boldly assailing them whenever they should happen to clash with the welfare of the masses. We will make known to the government the people’s grievances, hopes and aspirations. At the same time, our loyalty shall not be incompatible with a free but temperate and respectable criticism of measures and actions when they call for such criticism. It shall be our duty to echo the real feelings of the community. The paper would do its utmost to articulate, instruct and educate the mute voices of the masses, especially of those living in Upper India. In religious matters, we shall maintain a strictly neutral position. On social topics, our sympathies will be with a gentle and cautious course of reforms.