The opening speech of Prof Dr Tomislav Djokic, winner of the award for research and scientific work in 2005
IT IS IMPERATIVE TO ENDURE
In the times of great temptations, the graciousness of the need to award the people around us becomes unique and dignified. For the past nine years that dignity beautifies the Karic Brothers Award, which has proven to be the most significant national recognition since it first appeared in 1998.
The categories, for which it is presented, the names of the laureates, but also this unique atmosphere during the presentation ceremony, have become a wonderful tradition of the Foundation. National history does not include only wars, battles, defeats and victories, but also people who, in those rare periods of peace, contribute to a much better and happier living through their deeds. That is the perspective from which this award should be viewed – as an expression of appreciation for the present and the future that comes from the Serbian family that has established this award. I thank them from the bottom of my heart.
It is imperative to endure in the times of temptation, and safeguard this award from the unrest that surrounds us. The award has lasted through the bombing period, sanctions, and the terrific pogrom in Kosovo and Metohija. Tonight it reflects not only its permanence, but also its strength and its aim to last for centuries, and cherish the best.
I congratulate this year’s laureates for the exceptional honour to go down in history owing to the Karic Brothers Award as well.