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Mindy Kaling's brother lied about being black to get into med school

The self-proclaimed "affirmative action hacktivist" will share his experience in his forthcoming book, Almost Black: The True Story Of An Indian American Who Got Into Medical School Posing As An African American.

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Veronica Linares
Mindy Kaling. File photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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NEW YORK, April 6 (UPI) -- Mindy Kaling's older brother Vijay Chokal-Ingam made headlines over the weekend after sharing on his website a story about how he got into medical school by lying about his race.

Chokal-Ingam claims on his blog Almost Black that he was wait listed applied at University of Pennsylvania, Washington University and Mt. Sinai when he applied as Indian-American.

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The self-proclaimed "affirmative action hacktivist" then decided to apply again under a different name and race.

"Would you rather accept racism or defy those who want to discriminate against you? I chose the latter and applied to medical school as black," he writes, adding that he proceeded to shave his head and trim his "long Indian eyelashes" before sending in his application.

On March 31, Chokal-Ingam posted screen grabs from his acceptance letters from Columbia University, Cornell University, George Washington University, Vanderbilt University and more on Almost Black's Facebook page. Most of the correspondences came from the institutions' minority affair department.

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Chokal-Ingam didn't attend medical school after all, but plans to share his experience as a black man in a book titled Almost Black: The True Story Of An Indian American Who Got Into Medical School Posing As An African American.

As for Kaling's stand on the matter, Chokal-Ingam told the New York Post she told him his project would "bring shame on the family."

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