Mindy Kaling's Brother: “I Got into Medical School Because I Said I Was Black”
Vijay Chokal-Ingam made the announcement to promote his upcoming memoir 'Almost Black,' in which he plans to tell the story.
Mindy Kaling's brother has just revealed he falsified his medical school application fifteen years ago, claiming he was black instead of Indian American so as to benefit from affirmative action.
Vijay Chokal-Ingam made the announcement to promote his upcoming memoir Almost Black, in which he plans to tell the story.
Chokal-Ingam writes on his blog, "I got into medical school because I said I was black. The funny thing is I’m not."
"In my junior year of college," Chokal-Ingam continues, "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 become a doctor, and I knew that admission standards for certain minorities under affirmative action were, let’s say ... less stringent?"
"So," he says, "I shaved my head, trimmed my long Indian eyelashes, and applied to medical school as a black man."
Chokal-Ingma claims the plan paid off, allowing him to interview at top med schools like Harvard and Columbia. He was eventually waitlisted at the University of Pennsylvania and Mt. Sinai. He ultimately enrolled in St. Louis University Medical School but dropped out two years later.