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Terrorism, Warfare rampant in the world: President

By Staff
Google Oneindia News

Mumbai, Jan 14: Noting Terrorism and-low intensity warfare areaffecting many parts of the world, President A P J Abdul Kalam soughtanswers on how to eradicate the menace. Dr Kalam posted the first question ''What should we do to free ourplanet from terrorism?'' on the Yahoo! India Answers' Ask The Planet(ATP) series in India, which was launched here yesterday.

Dr Kalam posted the question to know out-of-box solutions to free the planet from the scourge terrorism.

Ask The Planet series of Yahoo! India Answers forms part of thelaunch of new initiative by the website in its bid to give an edge toits rivals by providing a forum to the enthusiasts to take opinions ofvarious other people concerned before making their own decision on aparticular subject, company's Managing Director, George Zacharias said.

The question posed by the President was replied well by some of achievers in their own fields in the country.

Joining the issue, the first woman IPS officer and Ramon Megsaysayaward winner Kiran Bedi, said that ''Before the terrorists fireweapons, terrorism is always in their minds.'' Suggesting a cure forthe menace she said that ''that if they have to work for itsprevention, one would to address the minds first, because violencefirst grows in the minds just as peace does.'' ''Once the mind is fedon terrorism and gets hell-bent on causing destruction to achievepolitical or ideological goals, then weapons, media and money is alloxygen,'' she said.

The founder of the Art of Living,Sri Ravi Shankar, cited thecauses of terrorism as being tension and stress in the minds of men andwomen - narrow ideology and petty mindedness and above all, lack ofsense of belongingness with the people of all different religions,cultures and backgrounds. Suggesting a cure, he said that ''First andforemost everyone's identity should connect oneself with the fact thatthey are part of one divinity and one humanity.'' Blaming it on thereligious fanaticism, tennis player Leander Paes, who is the captain ofIndian Davis Cup team, said ''We must learn to be tolerant towardspeople of all religions, colour, caste and creed.'' Also, he felt thatspreading the message of peace and love through education is equallyimportant to combat terrorism.

Speaking the campaign, the Director of Yahoo! Search India, RishiBehal said ''We've roped in some 6-7 eminent personalities to post suchquestions through our new service to get the opinion of various sectionof people that are subscribers to our website.'' Also, All-India SchoolOutreach Programme has been launched by the company as part of thecampaign to involve young minds. All the ten winning students will getthe opportunity to visit Silicon Valley, he added.


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