The question has become one of the most hotly debated topics in India as the country grapples with the effects of climate change and a rise in religious intolerance.
The country has witnessed an upsurge in anti-Muslim sentiments as well as anti-Christian sentiments.
Religious groups across the country are also demanding a secular state that protects the rights of minorities.
But the answer to which religion is best in a child’s life can vary widely, said Raju Raman, a professor at the Centre for Research in Social Sciences in New Delhi and a former president of the Indian Council of Social Service (ICSS) think-tank.
According to the ICSS, children are expected to be tolerant and accepting of others, but also sensitive to their differences.
The ICSS also suggests that children should learn from the experience of their parents and grandparents who have left religion, said Raman.
He said the ICBS survey was conducted in 2014 and it was done on 2,000 children, who were between the ages of 5 and 12.
It is not an official survey and it has not been published, but it is considered a benchmark to determine the best religion for a child.
“In India, the question of which religion to bring into the world has not become an issue, but there is no standard,” said Ramani, a political scientist.
The survey showed that most children said they had no problem with their parents bringing religion into the family, but that some children did not want their parents to take on a religious identity and said they felt uncomfortable with religion.
The report also found that children who are brought up in a secular society like India are happier and are less likely to commit suicide.
According the ICS, religious families and children are most often identified by their parents.
The study found that of the 6,622 children surveyed, only about 2% were brought up with religious beliefs.
Of the rest, about 4% had no religious beliefs at all and about 4.7% were non-religious.