Mindy Kaling’s Brother Pretended To Be Black To Get Into Medical School

Published on April 6, 2015.
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While Mindy Kaling was busy portraying a doctor in her hit TV series the Mindy Project, it seems her own brother was busy trying to get himself into medical school in real life, but in a very strange way.

Vijay Chokal-Ingam, Mindy’s older brother, claims he identified himself as black on his medical school applications back in 1998 and 1999 in order to get in. The 38-year old is now sharing the details of how and why he did it in his upcoming book, “Almost Black: The True Story of an Indian American Who Got Into Medical School Posing as an African American,” as well as on his website Almost Black.

“In my junior year of college, I realized that I didn’t have the grades or test scores to get into medical school, at least not as an Indian-American. Still, I was determined to be a doctor and I knew that admission standards for certain minorities under affirmative action were, let’s say… less stringent?”

He also describes about how he changed his appearance, starting going by his middle name Jojo and even joined the Organization of Black Students. He posted screen shots of the responses he began to get from some big name colleges that previously rejected him as an Indian student.

“Let me be clear about one thing. I never lied about anything on my application, except my race. Everything else on my application can be verified as correct. I didn’t even claim that I was ‘disadvantaged,'” he wrote on the Almost Black Facebook page.

He went on to actually attend St. Louis University Medical School, but dropped out after two years, “my plan actually worked. Lucky for you, I never became a doctor.”

While some report that Mindy Kaling is estranged from her brother, he told The New York Post┬áthat she does have an opinion on his revelation, “I love my sister to death [but] she says this will bring shame on the family.”

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