His original surname was Sakpal but his father registered his name as Ambadawekar in school, meaning he comes from his native village of Ambadawe in Ratnagiri district.
Mass conversion ceremonies have been organised in modern times, emulating Ambedkar's Nagpur ceremony of On the anniversary of his birth and death, and on Dhamma Chakra Pravartan Din 14 October at Nagpur, at least half a million people gather to pay homage to him at his memorial in Mumbai.
Ambedkar oversaw the transformation of his political party into the Scheduled Castes Federationalthough it performed poorly in the elections for Constituent Assembly of India.
He passionately believed in individual freedom and criticised caste society.
Dhananjay Keer notes that "The victory was resounding, both socially and individually, for the clients and the Doctor.
He then proceeded to convert someof his supporters who were gathered around him. When he passed his English fourth standard examinations, the people of his community wanted to celebrate because they considered that he had reached "great heights" which he says was "hardly an occasion compared to the state of education in other communities".