CHURUMURI POLL: South success due to quotas?

Supporters of Arjun Singh’s proposal for 27 per cent reservation for OBCs are offering the example of South India. The progress and development in the South, they say, is because it opened up a world of opportunities for a whole mass of subjugated people. In other words, fresh reservations should be welcomed because of its success in the South.

Questions: Is this true? Is South India what it is because of quotas? Or is this just a facile argument that the pro-reservation-wallahs are using to justify their objective? Are educational institutions in the South better off because of reservations or are they worse off?

Also read what Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes on the subject:

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1060505/asp/opinion/story_6177300.asp