‘Ask the Planet 2007’ launched by Yahoo! India Answers

Now get ready to put on your thinking caps as Yahoo! India introduces the ‘Ask the Planet 2007’ forum on Yahoo! India Answers, which plans to underscore some of the imperative issues facing the world today, hoping to spark-off meaningful debate and discussion around the same.

‘Ask the Planet’ forum on Yahoo! India Answers

The very first question asked on the launch of “Ask the Planet” was by none other than the Hon’ble President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam who asked “What should we do to free our planet from terrorism?”

Several leading personalities, including Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Dr Kiran Bedi, Leander Paes, and Akum Longchari have given answers to the President’s question.

The best answer will be picked up by the President himself in the month of February.

The “Ask the Planet” series will go on for around 6 weeks, enabling users to answer a series of questions posed by other Indian personalities and achievers in various fields. The questions will cover subjects such as Education, Health, Law and Enforcement, Games and Recreation, Society and Culture, and so on.

Yahoo! India Answers was kicked off by Yahoo! in April 2006, and is an online community where anyone can ask and answer questions on any topic. In June 2006, Yahoo! started its “Ask the Planet” series, inviting luminaries such as Dr Stephen Hawking, Former US Vice President – Al Gore, U2’s Bono, amongst others, to post questions on a variety of subjects ranging from survival of the human race to eradication of poverty.

These questions have reportedly drawn numerous answers from people throughout the world.

Speaking about the India launch of ‘Ask the Planet’, George Zacharias, MD of Yahoo! India, said, “We are delighted to bring ‘Ask the Planet’ Series to India. In line with the objective of Yahoo! Answers in creating a rich knowledge repository, the ATP Series will provide an innovative platform for the millions of Indians based on their real life experiences, to answer some of the biggest questions that touch our lives today.”

Rishi Behal, Director, Search, Yahoo! India said, “There is a huge gap between the total information in people’s minds today and the information available on the internet. We aim to get all that information on this platform, to upload and share with other people online. The idea is to create collective intelligence and participate in the spirit of sharing knowledge, with the help of Web 2.0.”

Now while I scratch my head thinking about an interesting and intriguing question, any of you who are interested can register for this forum by visiting the Yahoo! India Web site at www.yahoo.co.in.