Dipole in an external electric field

Homework Statement

Why isn't the expression for torque on a dipole kept in an external electric field ExP? Why is it PxE?
No such indication has been given in any of the derivations, that it is mandatory for it to be PxE, so why can't it be ExP?

2. The attempt at a solution

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Homework Statement

Why isn't the expression for torque on a dipole kept in an external electric field ExP? Why is it PxE?
No such indication has been given in any of the derivations, that it is mandatory for it to be PxE, so why can't it be ExP?

2. The attempt at a solution