He had no choice. After only eleven days in his new job, he had to return to Bombay. He tried to start a small business there, advising people about investments but it too failed once customers learned of his caste.
In 1918, he became a lecturer at Sydenham College in Bombay. There, his students recognized him as a brilliant teacher and scholar. At this time he also helped to found a Marathi newspaper Mook Nayak (Leader of the Dumb) to champion the cause of the ‘untouchables’. He also began to organize and attend conferences, knowing that he had to begin to proclaim and publicize the humiliations suffered by the Dalits – ‘the oppressed’ – and fight for equal rights. His own life had taught him the necessity of the struggle for emancipation.