*The Indian American brother of actress Mindy Kaling (“The Mindy Project”) has an older brother who says he got into medical school only after posing as an African American man, and he’s using the experience to bolster his claims of widespread discrimination of Asian and white Americans in the U.S.
To promote his upcoming book, “Almost Black: The True Story of an Indian American Who Got Into Medical School Posing as an African American,” Vijay Chokalingam, 38, posted details of how he supposedly got into medical school by changing his race on his website.
“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,” he wrote. “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?”
Chokal-Ingam said he shaved his head, trimmed his eyelashes, and joined the Organization of Black Students, using his middle name Jojo. With these new credentials, and the same 3.1 GPA and 31 MCAT score, Chokal-Ingam allegedly was admitted as an African-American student.
“I became a serious contender at some of the greatest medical schools in America, including Harvard, Wash U, UPenn, Case Western, and Columbia,” he continued. “In all, I interviewed at eleven prestigious medical schools in nine major cities across America, while posing as a black man.”
He did admit to some downsides of becoming a black man: “Cops harassed me. Store clerks accused me of shoplifting. Women were either scared of me or couldn’t keep their hands off me.”
Chokal-Ingam eventually attended St. Louis University’s medical school, but dropped out after two years when he realized his grades suffered and he realized he didn’t want to be a doctor anyway.
As for how Kaling, 35, is taking the news? According to her older brother, she is livid.
“I love my sister to death,” Chokal-Ingam told Page Six, but admitted, “She says this will bring shame on the family.”