A tweet by IRTS officer Sanjay Kumar is making rounds on the internet. The tweet read, “If there are ten similar chairs in a room then how to differentiate the chair of a senior? Put a white towel on it. #bureaucracy”. This sarcastic tweet sparked a discussion over the matter on Twitter, and netizens shared their views on the same. Now a senior journalist, LP Pant, has commented on it. His witty tweet read, “It is beyond comprehension till today why officers put white towels on their chairs in offices…?"
आज तक समझ से परे है कि अफसर दफ़्तरों में अपनी कुर्सियों पर तौलिया क्यों लगाते हैं….? कोई मित्र बताएगा कि इस तौलिया का समाजशास्त्र क्या है..? pic.twitter.com/CWQ7RPY3gT— LP Pant (@pantlp) December 13, 2022
The journalist has shown his willingness to know the reason behind putting the white towel on the chairs. Taking to Twitter, several social media users shared their views. One social media user stated the white towel shows the position of power, while others said the white colour is of purity, and thus the people coming to the office feel that the officers are also true and honest in their work.
If there are ten similar chairs in a room then how to differentiate chair of a senior ? Put white towel on it. #bureaucracy— J.Sanjay Kumar,IRTS (@Sanjay_IRTS) February 3, 2022
The officer’s tweet has got some funny reactions from social media users as well, who have said this to be a unique Indian jugaad. One user even asked why only white towels, and why not red, yellow, blue or black.
The supposed reason behind this could be that during the British Raj, British officials used to keep a white towel on the chair to avoid heat and sweat. Following this, people made it a symbol of a higher post or position, which continues till today.
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