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To make a systematic investigation into the mystic potencies of life and matter, which is called occultism. They arrived in India in 1879 and established their headquarters at Adyar, near Madras in 1882. Later Mrs. Annie Besant arrived in India in 1893 and succeeded to the presidentship of the society after the death of Olcott in 1907. The society under Besant concentrated on the revival of Hinduism and its ancient ideas. In order to provide Hindu religious instruction, she founded the Central Hindu school at Varanasi (1898), which was later developed into the Benaras Hindu University by Madan Mohan Malaviya. H.P. Blavatsky Young Bengal Movement Its founder was Henry Vivian Derozio, who was born in Calcutta in 1809 and who taught at the Hindu college between 1826 and 1831. He died of cholera in 1831. His followers were known as the Derozians and their movement as the Young Bengal movement. Their socio-religious views They attacked old traditions and decadent customs. Also advocated women’s rights and their education and educated the public on the current socio-economic and political questions through the press and public associations. They carried on public agitation on public questions like freedom of the press, trial by jury, protection of peasants, etc.