ICYMI: Mindy Kaling’s Brother Pretended to be Black on His Med School Apps

By Qimmah Saafir Apr 06, 2015

Vijay Chokal-Ingam, older brother of comedian/showrunner Mindy Kaling, waited 15 years to tell the world that he faked his race in an attempt to get into medical school.

According to an interview with the NY Post, Chokal-Ingam says he pretended to be a black man in his applications, "after seeing fellow Asian Indian-Americans with better grades than he had struggle to get into med school." The 38-year-old says he also shaved his head, cut his long eyelashes and applied under a different name in order to gain admission into St. Louis University Medical School–only to drop out two years later.

Why is he revealing this now, you ask?

Chokal-Ingam says he’s revealing his race ruse now because he heard that UCLA is considering strengthening its affirmative-action admissions policies. He says it’s a myth that affirmative action benefits the underprivileged.

He’s also been extremely vocal on Twitter with his thoughts on affirmative action.

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Screen Shot 2015-04-06 at 12.47.48 PM.pngHe’s even created a site called Almost Black where he shares further details about his lie. His sister Mindy isn’t the happiest about his decision to go public with his story. He told the Post, "she says this will bring shame on the family," and refers to himself as her "nemesis" on his Twitter page.