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Indian children are peace-loving, nationalist and concerned about the ill-effects of global warming. These facts about children in 14 cities across the country have been brought to light by a patented research on children’s lifestyle carried out by Cartoon Network.

“New Generations TM 2008” highlights the fact that Indian children aged between seven and 14 years are aware of issues concerning society and the globe. The report reveals that kids are keen to shun violence, eliminate poverty and hunger and save endangered species.

As many as 6,040 respondents comprising children and their parents belonging to various strata of society in New Delhi, Lucknow, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata besides a host of other cities were surveyed. The research findings reveal that children have a balance attitude towards academics. Seventy-seven per cent of the children claimed that too much of their time was utilised in studies. Interestingly, almost half the respondents believed that children who rank first in school aren’t always the smartest in general.

Pointing out that Indian children are more academically inclined, Turner International Asia Pacific’s Duncan Morris said on Tuesday: “They are also more bookish in the sense that they have a very high newspaper readership. Children living in New Delhi were correct about the names of Prime Minister and President than kids of other cities.”

Just like their contemporaries in all other surveyed countries, the Indian children’s number one online activity was playing games followed by listening to music. The research highlights the phenomenal growth in children’s access to technology at their homes. For the first time there was a tie for the title of favourite actor. Hrithik Roshan received 22 per cent votes, equal to Shah Rukh Khan, winner of all past “New Generations TM”. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was voted the favourite actress. M.S. Dhoni pipped master blaster Sachin Tendulkar to the post as the favourite cricketer.

Madhur Tankha

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