A video of Dutch Prime Minister mopping the floor after he accidentally spilt coffee inside the country's Parliament has taken the internet by storm. In the video, Mark Rutte is seen cleaning up the mess he created without assuming the housekeeping staff would obviously attend to it. It has made many in India wonder about how an Indian politician would have reacted in a similar situation.
Politicians, especially PMs, around the world are accustomed to making big decisions and being taken care of in return. For Rutte though, the second part may not be all that important as the Dutch PM quickly borrowed a mop from a cleaner nearby and began sweeping the floor after he spilt his cuppa. Even in The Netherlands, it is not very common to see an important political figure publicly take a mop to sweep a floor and Rutte's instinctive act earned him claps and cheers - especially from members of the cleaning staff.
— Cees Van Beek ???? ? (@ceesvanbeek) June 4, 2018
Through it all, there was a wide smile on Rutte's face and he received enormous praise for his humility from netizens around the world.
Even Indians joined in to praise the Dutch PM but many of them wondered about what would have happened had a similar incident happened in the Parliament in New Delhi.
Have a look at Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte and what he does when a tea cup accidently fell from his hands... And Imagine what would Indian Political leaders do in this situation? pic.twitter.com/owwtsayM5F
— Shruthi Shetty (@shruthishetty21) June 5, 2018
— Prateek (@PrateekUmaSaroj) June 6, 2018
Mark Rutte, current Prime Minister of the Netherlands,accidentally drops his coffee cup.See his reaction AND action.Wish Indian politicians & business leaders could emulate this. How many of us even know the name of the janitor who daily cleans our office toilets? #PresenceOfMind pic.twitter.com/8RaLQNf3Ay
— Coach Vikram (@CoachVikram) June 6, 2018
And while many Indian politicians did wield brooms to promote Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, people at large appear weary from a very prevelant VIP culture here - a culture that apparantly exists in the US and the UK in almost equal measure.
I know ours would blame Obama, then walk away leaving it for someone else to clean up
— Rick Asken (@rickasken) June 5, 2018
@realDonaldTrump would walk away expecting someone else to mop it up, then blame someone else for spilling if.
— Kim Romine (@rominek60) June 5, 2018
I would imagine Theresa May, Prime Minister of the UK, would probably expect one of her minions to clear up the mess!
— Patricia Malia (@QueeniPatricia) June 5, 2018
For now then, the Dutch PM has become a figure of political envy for people around the world.